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adjustedProfessional 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.

What Impacts Your Decision to Pursue a Professional Development Opportunity?

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 what impacts your decision to pursue a professional development opportunity, and invite you to complete a short survey. Your responses will 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 Wednesday, June 1, 2016.

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

Sincerely,

Teresa A. Bennett, Executive Director

Professional Development and Corporate Education

IUPUI Office of Community Engagement

IUPUC’s Center for Business and Economic Development Offers Professional Development Series in Columbus

The Center for Business and Economic Development (CBED) at Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus (IUPUC) is dedicated to enhancing the economic growth and vitality of south central Indiana through an extensive Professional Development Series, focusing on:

  • Leadership Development
  • Business Communications
  • Operations, Project and Customer Experience Management
  • Sales Management
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Design Thinking

For additional information on the Center for Business and Economic Development, please visit www.iupuc.edu/CBED. Click HERE to view the newsletter.

 

IUPUI Talent Network Forum, July 6

Register Now!

Register now for our second Talent Network Forum of the year on July 6 from 3:30 – 5:30 pm. This networking session brings business leaders and professionals together to meet and share information, contacts, and best practices. Light food and beverages will be provided. An exciting keynote presentation will be revealed soon. Don’t miss out!

Visit our website for more information and to register.

 

2016 Professional Development Classes & Workshops

Register Now for 2016 Professional Development Classes

ENGAGE Your Career at IUPUI!

Don’t miss the 2016 calendar of professional development classes and workshops that are open to the public. Classes are designed to build knowledge of new or developing fields, increase existing skills and expertise, and allow professionals 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 course listing 
Click HERE to view the monthly calendar  
Customized Contract Training

Contract Training Opportunities

Training and development is beneficial for employees and their employers. According to this Forbes article written by Victor Lipman, employee development “is the classic example of a management function that’s both highly valued and highly neglected.” Professional Development and Corporate Education can help you invest in your employees by customizing workshops and courses that fit your organization’s needs. We offer a wide variety of customizable topics in half day, full day and multiple day sessions at your location or on the IUPUI campus for convenience.

Learn more about Corporate Education & Contract Training at IUPUI

IUPUI Professional Development and Corporate Education can tailor Programs and resources to the needs of your organization. Customized contract training is designed for business, industry, government, and nonprofit leaders. Many of the classes and programs lead to certificate and continuing education credits (CEUs) for professionals.

IUPUI programs and resources include:

  • Customized training developed in partnership with employers
  • Expert resources for employers on attracting, identifying, retaining, and growing talent
  • Seminars and conferences on workforce development and design
  • Consulting and research
  • Executive and continuing education programs

Contact us to build your training today! More information about our contract training can be found at our website, or contact Sara Griffin at samgrif@iupui.edu for a free consultation.

Project Management
Sat., May 14, 2016 | 9am – 4pm | $219
Sat., June 4, 2016 | 9am – 4pm | $219 
Sat., June 18, 2016 | 9am – 4pm | $219
Sat., June 25, 2016 | 9am – 4pm | $219
Sat., July 16, 2016 | 9am – 4pm | $219
Business Success

New this Year!  Lean Six Sigma (LSS)

Lean Six Sigma (LSS) provides you with methods, tools, and techniques for improving total organization performance through systematic and continuous process improvement. LSS is the process improvement methodology of choice in the manufacturing, healthcare, insurance and military sectors.

Mon., Jun. 6 – Aug. 1, 2016 | 6:00 – 9pm | $1,500
With roots in the Toyota Total Quality system, LSS has become the de facto process improvement methodology of choice in the manufacturing, healthcare, insurance and military sectors.
Mon., Jun. 6 – Aug. 1, 2016 | 6:00 – 9pm | $1,750

The LSS + Project will include an Online Project worked on outside of the classroom.

Mon., Jun. 6 – Aug. 1, 2016 | 6:00 – 9pm | $2,000

This LSS + Project with Green Belt Certification program includes testing and certification of Green Belt status with successful completion of the class work, project, and exam.

 

Community Engagement

Mary Rigg Neighborhood Center Awarded Outstanding Community Partner Award by Indiana Campus Compact

Mary Rigg Neighborhood Center, nominated by Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) won the outstanding Community Partner Award at the Indiana Campus Compact Awards Gala. Since 1911, the Mary Rigg Neighborhood Center has demonstrated a strong record of working together with community support to deliver human services to the urban, West Indianapolis area – the oldest suburb of Indiana’s capital city.

Presenting the first Charles R. Bantz Chancellor’s Community Fellowship Award Recipients

For the first time, the Charles R. Bantz Chancellor’s Community Fellowship was awarded at the annual Chancellor’s Academic Honors Convocation. Created in 2015 in recognition of the former chancellor’s leadership and contributions to the campus and the community, this fellowship reflects Bantz’s dedication to research that creates university-community partnerships and results in community impact.

 

IUPUI Talent Network Forum, July 6

Save the Date for our second Talent Network Forum of the year on July 6 from 3:30 – 5:30 pm. This networking session brings business leaders and professionals together to meet and share information, contacts, and best practices. Light food and beverages will be provided. The keynote speaker will be announced soon. Visit our website for more information and to register.

 

2016 Professional Development Classes & Workshops

Register Now for 2016 Professional Development Classes

ENGAGE Your Career at IUPUI!

Don’t miss the 2016 calendar of professional development classes and workshops that are open to the public. Classes are designed to build knowledge of new or developing fields, increase existing skills and expertise, and allow professionals 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 course listing 
Click HERE to view the monthly calendar  
Leadership Classes & Workshops
Thurs., May 12, 2016 | 9am – 12pm | $250
Ethical issues pervade our personal and professional lives, and thoughtful, critical reflection upon and resolution of ethical dilemmas are essential leadership skills in every organization. Moreover, an organization’s culture has significant impact on employee morale and productivity. This interactive and practical session will introduce participants to applicable research from the field of behavioral ethics, as well as to strategies for identifying, assessing, and resolving complex ethical dilemmas that can reduce conflicts, foster individual integrity, and promote organizational flourishing.
Customized Contract Training
Contract Training Opportunities

Lack of communication, underappreciated, micromanaged… are these words that are familiar to your workplace? According to this National Business Research Institute white paper, these are just a few of the top ten things employees dislike most about their employers. Organization change may seem difficult, but IUPUI has the expertise and the skills to engage your employees in topics including leadership; team success; creative thinking; and others. Trainings are tailored to our client’s needs, and can take place onsite at your location or on the IUPUI campus.

More information about our contract training can be found at our website, or contact Sara Griffin at samgrif@iupui.edu for a free consultation.

Learn more about Corporate Education & Contract Training at IUPUI

IUPUI Professional Development and Corporate Education can tailor Programs and resources to the needs of your organization. Customized contract training is designed for business, industry, government, and nonprofit leaders. Many of the classes and programs lead to certificate and continuing education credits (CEUs) for professionals.

IUPUI programs and resources include:

  • Customized training developed in partnership with employers
  • Expert resources for employers on attracting, identifying, retaining, and growing talent
  • Seminars and conferences on workforce development and design
  • Consulting and research
  • Executive and continuing education programs

Contact us to build your training today. To learn more click HERE.

Project Management
Sat., Apr. 9, 2016 | 9am – 4pm | $219
Sat., May. 7, 2016 | 9am – 4pm | $219 
Sat., Apr. 23, 2016 | 9am – 4pm | $219
Sat., May 14, 2016 | 9am – 4pm | $219
Sat., June 4, 2016 | 9am – 4pm | $219 
Sat., June 18, 2016 | 9am – 4pm | $219
Sat., June 25, 2016 | 9am – 4pm | $219
Business Success
New this Year!  Lean Six Sigma (LSS)

Lean Six Sigma (LSS) provides you with methods, tools, and techniques for improving total organization performance through systematic and continuous process improvement. LSS is the process improvement methodology of choice in the manufacturing, healthcare, insurance and military sectors.

Mon., Jun. 6 – Aug. 1, 2016 | 6:00 – 9pm | $1,500
With roots in the Toyota Total Quality system, LSS has become the de facto process improvement methodology of choice in the manufacturing, healthcare, insurance and military sectors.
Mon., Jun. 6 – Aug. 1, 2016 | 6:00 – 9pm | $1,750

The LSS + Project will include an Online Project worked on outside of the classroom.

Mon., Jun. 6 – Aug. 1, 2016 | 6:00 – 9pm | $2,000

This LSS + Project with Green Belt Certification program includes testing and certification of Green Belt status with successful completion of the class work, project, and exam.

Community Engagement

Provocative public intellectual Cornel West to deliver 2015-16 IUPUI Steward Speakers Series finale

Cornel West, one of America’s best-known “public intellectuals,” is the featured speaker for the final installation of the 2015-2016 IUPUI Steward Speakers Series. West has earned an international reputation as a philosopher, theologian, social critic and political observer. The event will take place from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, April 8 at Ivy Tech Community College, 2820 N. Meridian St.

Class spots still available for IUPUI nanotech camp for high school students, teachers

Class spots are still available for high school students and teachers interested in attending the first summer of the Nanotechnology Experiences for Students and Teachers program at IUPUI.

5 Reasons to Reinvest in Hoosier Employees

Article written by IUPUI Professional Development and Corporate Education, Posted by NUVO on March 14, 2016

What do employers need to know to attract and retain the best employees?

Whether you are an employee or employer, maintaining your talent edge can be a challenge if you aren’t growing and improving your skills, products, and services.

It may be tempting to look outside of Indiana for new talent. But it’s less expensive and creates a more desirable workplace environment over the long haul to develop the talent that we have here in the Hoosier state, or that you may even currently have under your company’s roof right now.

Invest in people as a core strategy – for you and your company. Consider these 5 benefits as you make the investment: Read more>>

 

Join the conversation. Learn how to best grow your organization’s talent at our IUPUI Talent Network Forums. Save the date for the next Talent Network Forum coming July 6, 2016.

2016 Professional Development Classes & Workshops

Register Now for 2016 Professional Development Classes

ENGAGE Your Career at IUPUI!

Don’t miss the 2016 calendar of professional development classes and workshops that are open to the public. Classes are designed to build knowledge of new or developing fields, increase existing skills and expertise, and allow professionals 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 course listing 
Click HERE to view the monthly calendar  
Leadership Classes & Workshops

You Hear Me, But Are You Listening?

Article written by Mike Polites, IUPUI Professional Development and Corporate Education Instructor, Leadership Topic Series: Active Listening

It’s 9 am on Monday morning. You’re back from a Disney vacation with your family and the last thing you want to do right now is be part of a staff meeting. You greet your colleagues and make some casual conversation while you settle into your chair with your cup of coffee. Your boss gets up and immediately dives into the details of the newest company project. About five minutes into her opening remarks, your mind begins to wander. Man, I’m so glad the kids were well-behaved last week. Or I wonder if my wife would like to take them skiing for vacation next year. Or Whew…I’m hungry…I should’ve gotten a muffin with my coffee on the way to work

Does this scenario sound familiar? If so, you may need to brush up on your active listening skills. There are days where we may find ourselves mentally exhausted just from listening. So, here are a few strategies for becoming a more active listener. Read more>>

Are you ready to become a more active listener? Register now for the IUPUI 2016 Leadership Topic Series: Active Listening held April 21, 2016. To learn more click HERE

Learn more about Leadership Classes at IUPUI

Thurs., Apr. 21, 2016 | 11am – 1pm | $95

Sharping communication tools is the first step in understanding problems, sustaining attention, and building relationships. Topics of this workshop include an overview of listening, identifying barriers to effective listening, and understanding the impact of body language on your communication.

Thurs., Apr. 27, 2016 | 1 – 4pm | $95

Ethical issues pervade our personal and professional lives, and thoughtful, critical reflection upon and resolution of ethical dilemmas are essential leadership skills in every organization.

Thurs., May 12, 2016 | 11am – 1pm | $95

Ethical issues pervade our personal and professional lives, and thoughtful, critical reflection upon and resolution of ethical dilemmas are essential leadership skills in every organization.

Click to view full 2016 Leadership Curriculum 

Customized Contract Training
Jeremy York

Mindfully Managing Millennials

Written by Jeremy York, IUPUI Professional Development and Corporate Education Customized Contract Training instructor, Talent Acquisition

Article posted in InvigorateHR on February 21, 2016.

As an HR professional, managers often ask for advice on how to best manage their millennial staff. Many of them express frustration that the traditional management methods used in the past are no longer effective.

Why? It’s because millennials are unlike any other generation currently in the workforce. They work differently, think differently, and have different expectations from employees we have managed for years. Read more>>

 

 Are you ready to learn more about how to best manage your staff? Customize your training today? To learn more click HERE.

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Sample Course Description:
Talent Acquisition
This interactive training module is designed to teach human resource professionals and managers the skills to recruit and select the best talent to help drive organizational strategy.

 

Talent Acquisition is just one of the topics we provide through our contract and customized training programs. To view more sample course descriptions click HERE.

Learn more about Corporate Education & Contract Training at IUPUI

IUPUI Professional Development and Corporate Education can tailor Programs and resources to the needs of your organization. Customized contract training is designed for business, industry, government, and nonprofit leaders. Many of the classes and programs lead to certificate and continuing education credits (CEUs) for professionals.

IUPUI programs and resources include:

  • Customized training developed in partnership with employers
  • Expert resources for employers on attracting, identifying, retaining, and growing talent
  • Seminars and conferences on workforce development and design
  • Consulting and research
  • Executive and continuing education programs
Contact us to build your training today. To learn more click HERE.
Project Management

 

Thurs., Mar. 24- Jun. 2, 2016 | 6pm – 9pm | $989

 

 

 

Sat., Apr. 2, 2016 | 9am – 4pm | $219

 

 

Project Management for Non-Profits- Organizing for Success

Sat., Apr. 16, 2016 | 9am – 4pm | $219

Managing Short Term Projects

Sat., Apr. 30, 2016 | 9am – 4pm | $219

 

Introduction to Agile Project Management

Sat., May. 7, 2016 | 9am – 4pm | $219 

Planning and Managing Complex Projects

Sat., May 14, 2016 | 9am – 4pm | $219
Business Success

New this Year!  Lean Six Sigma (LSS)

Lean Six Sigma (LSS) provides you with methods, tools, and techniques for improving total organization performance through systematic and continuous process improvement. LSS is the process improvement methodology of choice in the manufacturing, healthcare, insurance and military sectors.

Lean Six Sigma training is based around a graduated belt system dependent on number of training hours and project completion. The IUPUI LSS Sigma Green Belt Certificate program is unique in that it offers professionals an industry-recognized training certificate, taught by IUPUI faculty and experts with years of formal education and applied engineering experience. IUPUI offers three options to those considering LSS professional development and training: Lean Six Sigma Training only will provide you with the important strategies and concepts. (2) Lean Six Sigma Training + Project enables you to learn the strategies and concepts and apply them to a supervised project for added understanding and application of skills. (3) Lean Six Sigma Training + Project + Green Belt Certification is the smart choice for those who want to achieve the Green Belt Certification. Learners in all three options may be eligible for continuing education units/credits.

Mon., Jun. 6 – Aug. 1, 2016 | 6:00 – 9pm | $1,500
With roots in the Toyota Total Quality system, LSS has become the de facto process improvement methodology of choice in the manufacturing, healthcare, insurance and military sectors.
Mon., Jun. 6 – Aug. 1, 2016 | 6:00 – 9pm | $1,750
The LSS + Project will include an Online Project worked on outside of the classroom.
Mon., Jun. 6 – Aug. 1, 2016 | 6:00 – 9pm | $2,000
This LSS + Project with Green Belt Certification program includes testing and certification of Green Belt status with successful completion of the class work, project, and exam.
Health and Medical
Mon., Thurs. Apr. 4 – May 26, 2016 | 6:00 – 8:30pm | $845
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.
Personal Interest
Tues., April 5 – April 26, 2016 | 7:00 – 9pm | $75
Ladies and gentlemen, newcomers and old-timers, join us to celebrate the history and traditions of The Greatest Spectacle In Racing. Meet Donald Davidson at the Speedway High School and be entertained by his knowledge of historic events, anecdotes and colorful characters from the 500-mile race. Share your own memories, ask your own questions and enjoy learning from the expert himself.

 

Community Engagement

IUPUI leader wants more connection to city, employers
In his last job, Nasser Paydar helped write IUPUI’s new strategy. Now, six months into his role as the university’s chancellor, the mechanical-engineering-professor-turned-campus-administrator gets to implement it.

‘Heritage Spectrum 10 Years Later’ exhibition continues Herron’s diversity legacy

An upcoming exhibition of work by 14 students at Herron School of Art and Design continues a tradition that dates back to a 1996 Indianapolis Museum of Art exhibition recognizing four outstanding African-American artists who attended Herron.

IUPUI among Children’s Museum partners launching neighborhood-based
educational program for families
The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis and its partners, including Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, are launching a neighborhood-based education and career initiative known as the Mid-North Promise Program to help entire families reach their educational goals. 

Professional Development News

IUPUI Talent Network Forum
Meet professionals. Learn from experts. Grow talent.

 

Network with central Indiana business professionals at the March 15, 2016, IUPUI Talent Network Forum. Join your colleagues for this unique opportunity to learn from other business leaders and unlock new ideas for growing talent within your organization.
The afternoon networking event will be an informal opportunity for you to make connections with professionals across multiple industry sectors. Guest speaker, Chris Guerriero, Global Production System and BCM Manager at Rolls Royce, will share best practices and experiences to help you in your efforts to grow talent.

The event is sponsored by IUPUI Professional Development and Corporate Education. Staff will be available to answer questions about programs. Light food and beverages provided.

When:     March 15, 2016, 3:30pm – 5:30pm

Where:    IUPUI Campus Center, Room 450 (CE 450)

                  420 University Boulevard, Indianapolis, IN 46202

 

Cost:        $25

To Register or learn more about this event, click HERE. 

2016 Professional Development Classes & Workshops

Register Now for 2016 Professional Development Classes

ENGAGE Your Career at IUPUI!

Don’t miss the 2016 calendar of professional development classes and workshops that are open to the public. Classes are designed to build knowledge of new or developing fields, increase existing skills and expertise, and allow professionals 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 course listing 
Click HERE to view the monthly calendar  
Leadership Classes & Workshops

6 Things Great Leaders Do Differently
Contributor, Travis Bradberry, Forbes  
View article: Forbes
Great leadership can be a difficult thing to pin down and understand. You know a great leader when you’re working for one, but even they can have a hard time articulating what it is that makes their leadership so effective. There are six critical things that great leaders do that really stand out. Any of us can do the same. Read More>>
Are you ready to enhance your Leadership skills ? Register now for IUPUI 2016 Leadership classes. To learn more click HERE.

Learn more about Leadership Classes at IUPUI

Leadership Topic Series: Leading Through Change

Thurs., Mar. 17, 2016 | 11am – 1pm | $95
We know change is inevitable, yet in the midst of change and transformation, too many leaders abdicate. The best kind of change comes when leaders envision, initiate and control it. This session will provide tools for managing or leading a cultural change in an organization.
Thurs., Apr. 21, 2016 | 11am – 1pm | $95
Sharping communication tools is the first step in understanding problems, sustaining attention, and building relationships. Topics of this workshop include an overview of listening, identifying barriers to effective listening, and understanding the impact of body language on your communication.
Thurs., Apr. 27, 2016 | 1 – 4pm | $95

Ethical issues pervade our personal and professional lives, and thoughtful, critical reflection upon and resolution of ethical dilemmas are essential leadership skills in every organization.

The Business Academy
2016 Business Academy

The Business Academy is a 3-day series of sessions developed with small to mid-size business leaders in mind. The Business Academy is scheduled to achieve maximum impact for minimum time away from the office. The Academy offers two sessions per day, on three Fridays in April. Attendees may choose any one session or all six sessions, though it is recommended that you attend all three days to realize the greatest impact.

Are you ready to invest in the future of your business? Register now for the IUPUI 2016 Business Academy. To learn more click HERE.
Fri., April 1, 2016 | 9am – 12pm | $250

This three hour session will define effective leadership, clarify brand and company vision/mission, and introduce the skills needed to create and implement a vision for the team, unit, and/or company.

Fri., Apr. 1, 2016 | 1 – 4pm | $250

This session is designed to help small business owners, managers, and leaders as they build teams to achieve goals and progress the organization.

Fri., Apr. 15, 2016 | 9am – 12pm | $250
This session will cover marketing – what it is and what it isn’t. Using an interactive, practical approach, you will examine topics such as customer service, ethics, marketing strategies and trends, and key steps to ensuring that your team is part of an effective marketing strategy.
Fri., Apr. 15, 2016 | 1 – 4 pm | $250
This session will give participants an understanding of basic financial statements such as balance sheet, income statement, and statement of cash flow. The topics will assist business leaders and entrepreneurs to understand the financial planning process.
Fri., Apr. 29, 2016 | 9:00am – 12pm | $250
This session introduces proven techniques to manage projects. Topics include organizing your project, starting, planning, executing, controlling and closing projects in a fast paced environment.
Fri., Apr. 29, 2016 | 1 – 4pm | $250
This session is designed to assist business owners, managers, and leaders to define their organization’s strategic direction. Examine best practices and tips for setting priorities, how to decide where to focus energy and resources, and strengthening operations.
Customized Contract Training

Learn more about Corporate Education & Contract Training at IUPUI

IUPUI Professional Development and Corporate Education can tailor Programs and resources to the needs of your organization. Customized contract training is designed for business, industry, government, and nonprofit leaders. Many of the classes and programs lead to certificate and continuing education credits (CEUs) for professionals.

IUPUI programs and resources include:

  • Customized training developed in partnership with employers
  • Expert resources for employers on attracting, identifying, retaining, and growing talent
  • Seminars and conferences on workforce development and design
  • Consulting and research
  • Executive and continuing education programs
Contact us to build your training today. To learn more click HERE.
Project Management
Sat., Feb. 13, 2016 | 9am – 4pm | $219
Sat., Mar. 19, 2016 | 9am – 4pm | $219

Managing a project can be complex and difficult without a systematic approach. This course introduces proven techniques to manage projects.

Sat., Feb. 27, 2016 | 9am – 4 pm | $219
In this class you will learn about one of the most important but often neglected aspects of project management, that is creating the plan.
Thurs., Mar. 3 – 24, 2016 |
6 – 8:30pm | $319
This course covers the essentials of using Microsoft Project, and will also help you understand how to use that knowledge to create more reliable project schedules.
Sat., Mar. 5, 2016 | 9am – 4pm | $219
Studies have shown that Agile Project Management can have a positive impact on project outcomes, team productivity and customer satisfaction.
Sat., Mar. 12, 2016 | 9:00am – 4pm | $219
Business Analysis is the process of eliciting business requirements to determine solutions to business problems and initiatives.
Sat., Mar. 19, 2016 | 9am – 4pm | $219
This course introduces proven techniques to manage projects, and it introduces project management knowledge areas in terms of their component processes.
Thurs., Mar. 24- Jun. 2, 2016 | 6pm – 9pm | $989
This course prepares project management practitioners for the Project Management Professional (PMP®) or Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM®) examination in an entirely online format.
Sat., Apr. 2, 2016 | 9am – 4pm | $219
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.
Sat., Apr. 16, 2016 | 9am – 4pm | $219
This class will explore project management tools and techniques that will help non-profit organizations maximize resource utilization, motivate stakeholders, align resources to timelines, and will teach you how to organize non-profit projects.
Sat., Apr. 30, 2016 | 9am – 4pm | $219

This class will provide tools and techniques for effectively controlling those projects. Department heads, administrators, supervisors and anyone who has sole or primary responsibility for meeting deadlines and completing activities or reports will find this course valuable.

Business Success
Mon., Mar. 7 – May 23, 2016 | 6:15 – 9pm | $989
Prepare for the SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) and SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) certification exam. This course covers the functional areas of HR management, including management practices, general employment practices, staffing, HR development, compensation and benefits, employee and labor relations, health safety and security.

New this Year!  Lean Six Sigma (LSS)

Lean Six Sigma (LSS) provides you with methods, tools, and techniques for improving total organization performance through systematic and continuous process improvement. LSS is the process improvement methodology of choice in the manufacturing, healthcare, insurance and military sectors.

Lean Six Sigma training is based around a graduated belt system dependent on number of training hours and project completion. The IUPUI LSS Sigma Green Belt Certificate program is unique in that it offers professionals an industry-recognized training certificate, taught by IUPUI faculty and experts with years of formal education and applied engineering experience. IUPUI offers three options to those considering LSS professional development and training: Lean Six Sigma Training only will provide you with the important strategies and concepts. (2) Lean Six Sigma Training + Project enables you to learn the strategies and concepts and apply them to a supervised project for added understanding and application of skills. (3) Lean Six Sigma Training + Project + Green Belt Certification is the smart choice for those who want to achieve the Green Belt Certification. Learners in all three options may be eligible for continuing education units/credits.

Mon., Jun. 6 – Aug. 1, 2016 | 6:00 – 9pm | $1,500
With roots in the Toyota Total Quality system, LSS has become the de facto process improvement methodology of choice in the manufacturing, healthcare, insurance and military sectors.
Mon., Jun. 6 – Aug. 1, 2016 | 6:00 – 9pm | $1,750

The LSS + Project will include an Online Project worked on outside of the classroom.

Mon., Jun. 6 – Aug. 1, 2016 | 6:00 – 9pm | $2,000

This LSS + Project with Green Belt Certification program includes testing and certification of Green Belt status with successful completion of the class work, project, and exam.

Health and Medical
Mon., Thurs. Apr. 4 – May 26, 2016 | 6:00 – 8:30pm | $845
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.
Personal Interest
Tues., April 5 – April 26, 2016 | 7:00 – 9pm | $75
Ladies and gentlemen, newcomers and old-timers, join us to celebrate the history and traditions of The Greatest Spectacle In Racing. Meet Donald Davidson at the Speedway High School and be entertained by his knowledge of historic events, anecdotes and colorful characters from the 500-mile race. Share your own memories, ask your own questions and enjoy learning from the expert himself.

Community Engagement

IUPUI professor to serve as consultant for Missouri University’s diversity effortsAn Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis professor will play a leading role in the advancement of diversity and inclusion initiatives at Missouri State University.

Indiana University to host Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders
The U.S. State Department and the International Research & Exchanges Board have announced that Indiana University has been selected as a host for the flagship program of President Barack Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative.

Jane Schultz helps bring historical accuracy to Mercy Street, PBS’ new Civil War drama
Jane Schultz, professor of English and medical humanities and director of literature in the School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI, was asked to be a historical consultant for “Mercy Street,” a PBS Civil War medical drama series. Schultz has spent nearly 30 years revealing the world of Civil War hospitals and medicine.

Dress for Success Indianapolis looking for volunteers
What inspires you to VOLUNTEER? Curious about how you can make an IMPACT in your community? JOIN Dress for Success for Volunteer Orientation! VISIT their website to learn more about the endless opportunities and to complete the Volunteer Application!

Business and Professional Development Event Calendar

February 12, 2016 | 8:30am – 9:45am  
16 Tech Community Corporation invites business leaders in and around the 16 Tech Innovation Community. 16 Tech Community Corporation President, Betsy McCaw, and 16 Tech board members will provide an overview of the master plan and an update on project progress, including the infrastructure work schedule for the innovation community. This event will be held at the Indiana Biosciences Research Institute (IBRI), 1345 W. 16th St. Suite 300. Parking is available in the parking lot at the IBRI facilities.

March 15, 2016 | 3:30pm – 6:30pm  
Network with central Indiana business professionals at the March 15, 2016, IUPUI Talent Network Forum. Join your colleagues for this unique opportunity to learn from other business leaders and unlock new ideas for growing talent within your organization. The afternoon networking event will be an informal opportunity for you to make connections with professionals across multiple industry sectors. Guest speaker, Chris Gueirro of Rolls-Royce, will share best practices and experiences to help you in your efforts to grow talent. This event is open to the public, and cost is $25.

May 19, 2016 | 8:30am – 4:30pm 
The 2016 Education to Employment (e2e) Convergence is a statewide conversation focused on ensuring a smooth education-to-employment transition for Indiana college students. The event brings together representatives of industry, higher education, government, and workforce development to share best practices for producing more career-ready graduates in Indiana. Open to the public.

For IUPUI Students, Faculty & Staff

JagStart: Student Idea Pitch Competition

JagStart is an annual event that pits contestants against the clock to pitch their original ideas to a panel of judges. Students (undergraduate and graduate) enter the competition to showcase their ideas for innovative new products, new business ventures, or compelling solutions to social challenges. The competition will be held March 4, 2016.

Call for 2016 IUPUI Research Day Poster Abstracts – DEADLINE: March 21, 2016

Research Day, April 8, 2016, provides an opportunity for the 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. Faculty, postdoctoral fellow, professional student, graduate student and staff are eligible to submit poster presentations.

Apply for the Staff Council Professional Development Grant

In 2014, the IUPUI Staff Council began awarding grants three times annually for staff to pursue professional development opportunities. Staff Council Professional Development Grants are open to all IUPUI staff members who contribute to the overall mission and success of the university. Application deadline to apply is April 1, 2016 (11:59 p.m.).

Calendar

*Don’t Miss these upcoming Community Events! All are open to the public.
February 18, 2016 | 7:30 – 9:00pm 
Poet and literary critic Garth Greenwell, author of a debut novel that Publishers Weekly has called the “first great novel of 2016,” is the featured speaker for the Rufus & Louise Reiberg Reading Series this month. Greenwell will read from his novel, “What Belongs to You,” and other works. The event will be held at the Basile Auditorium in Eskenazi Hall, 735 W. New York St., on the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis campus. Free tickets are available online.
February 19, 2016 | 11:00am – 3:00pm
WorkOne Indy is hosting a Hiring Event! Indianapolis employers are ready to compete for you! Bring your resume, ID, Social Security Card and dress professionally. This event will be held at 2525 North Shadeland Avenue, Suite C.
27th Joseph T. Taylor Symposium
February 25, 2016 | 8:45am – 2:00pm 
As inequality widens and opportunities narrow for the bottom 90 percent of the American population, the disenfranchised face mass incarceration and social isolation. The American dream is increasingly at risk and is becoming unattainable for many hard-working people. What can be done to break this pattern and create opportunity, particularly for African Americans? This event will be held at the IUPUI Campus Center, and the cost for individual luncheon is $40. The conference is free.
Ongoing 
Looking for a job can feel like an overwhelming task. Come learn from experts how to present yourself to your employer, how to overcome bumps in your employment history and how to organize a job search. You will meet with corporate human resources representatives. A series of workshops are held twice a week with the series repeating every six weeks, on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9:30am – noon. Attend sessions until you obtain employment or complete the course. Learn more about Dress for Success HERE.

 

Professional Development News

Executive Director of IUPUI Professional Development and Corporate Education
ENGAGE YOUR CAREER AT IUPUI

New Workshops and Programs: 2016 Professional Development Classes Open for Registration

Have you made a resolution to learn new skills that will elevate your career or make your team and organization more successful? The beginning of a new year is an exciting time to re-energize and re-focus on your goals. Our goal at IUPUI is to help you reach yours, through professional development programs that provide maximum results with minimal time and financial investment.

Don’t miss out on the expert workshops and programs we have developed with you in mind. Our programs build knowledge of new or developing fields, update and increase existing skills, and prepare employees to be successful team members and leaders.

The 2016 IUPUI Professional Development and Corporate Education Schedule is currently online and open for registration.

IUPUI’s Professional Development and Corporate Education programs provide next-level training to meet the needs of Indiana’s professionals, workforce, and employers. IUPUI’s professional development workshops and classes are taught by experts with years of experience in the field and many classes lead to certificates and continuing education credits for professionals. Affordable enrollment and accessible locations make it a must for individuals or teams who want to make 2016 the most successful year yet. We also can bring any of our programs to you through customized training options.

Don’t miss the opportunity to build quality professional development into your 2016 budget. Let us know how IUPUI can help you Engage your Career and Invest in your Employees. To view the 2016 Professional Development Class Calendar click HERE.

2016 Professional Development Classes & Workshops

Register Now for 2016 Professional Development Classes

ENGAGE Your Career at IUPUI!

Don’t miss the 2016 calendar of professional development classes and workshops that are open to the public. Classes are designed to build knowledge of new or developing fields, increase existing skills and expertise, and allow professionals 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 course listing

Click HERE to view the monthly calendar  

Leadership Classes and Workshops

Are Leaders Born or Made?
Written by Cathy Holloway Hill, MA Psychology, IUPUI Professional Development and Corporate Education Instructor, Leadership 

View article:Inside Indiana Business with Gerry Dick

It has been many years since the late Stephen Covey introduced the 8th Habit which focuses on “finding your Leadership voice” which would imply that each and every one of us has one, right? This fact has been up for debate for years depending upon who is offering the advice.

I believe everyone comes into the world with two gifts. One is the gift of life, and the other is the freedom to make choices which leads me to believe that Leadership is a choice.

Many people view management as leadership. It’s not. Leadership comes from influence, and influence can come from anyone at any level and in any role. Being open and authentic, helping to lift others, and working toward a common mission build influence. True leadership comes when those around you are influenced by your life in a positive way:

  1. Influence
  2. Inspire
  3. Empower

LEADERSHIP IS A CHOICE!

In my personal and professional Leadership teachings, I focus on three critical components of leadership:

  1. Y.O.U. (Your Own Uniqueness) as a leader and finding your leadership voice
  2. Your organization’s leadership voice
  3. Helping your employees to find their leadership voice

This is important because finding your voice and inspiring others to find their voice, through effective organizational alignment, is critical to success. You must begin by doing a thorough self-assessment and answering four critical questions:

FOUR CRITICAL QUESTIONS:

  1. Where have I been?
  2. Why am I here?
  3. What can I do?
  4. Where am I going?

“Where have I been” addresses a critical component of success called clarity – how do you come to a place of clarity?  You will be clear when you discover the answer to this question.

“Why am I here” addresses the courage you need in order to make a bold move.  What courage do you currently possess (or need) to take to make a bold move?

“What can I do” will determine the creativity you have inside you.

“Where am I going” is the contribution you want to make as you enter a new phase of your life.

In order for an organization (or individual) to be successful, it begins and ends with you.  You must tap into your inner navigation system – M.A.P. (Mindset/Actions/Passion). It is your roadmap to success, and it lives in you.

You are the CEO of your life, and you finding your Leadership voice is the first step in defining your own unique personal BRAND.

Are you ready to define your own unique Leadership brand? Register now for IUPUI 2016 Leadership classes. To learn more click HERE.

Learn more about Leadership Classes at IUPUI
Thursday, February 18, 2016 | 11 am –  1 pm | $95
Knowing your Team’s IQ and how it effects the productivity and efficiency of the work group is critical for building mutual trust and two-way communication from which to define roles, plan, make decision- and succeed.
Thursday, March 17, 2016 | 11 am – 1 pm | $95
We know change is inevitable, yet in the midst of change and transformation, too many leaders abdicate. People fear change because they fear the unknown. The best kind of change comes when leaders envision, initiate and control it. This session will provide tools for managing or leading a cultural change in an organization.
Customized Contract Training

Tom Wood Toyota announces first Tom Wood-IUPUI Professional Development Series

Written by Jeff Wood, Owner, Tom Wood Toyota

 As the Tom Wood Group has rapidly grown to over 1,000 employees, owner Jeff Wood quickly realized the need for formal training opportunities for all employees. Although many of our employees receive training from the manufacturers, we needed training that was all our own – thus came Tom Wood University! With the help of IUPUI, we’ve just recently announced our first Tom Wood-IUPUI Professional Development Series.

The IUPUI Office of Community Engagement coordinated with the Tom Wood Group to develop custom professional development classes to teach managers how to transition into leaders. Classes focus on skills for managers such as ethics, hiring, onboarding, managing teams, and much more. All Tom Wood Managers will go through this training, starting with General Managers.  We started with our GMs so they’d know exactly what their managers are doing to transition into leaders, and would be able to convey the importance and their support of this training.

Conducted year-round, the series consists of six leadership classes taken over the course of a three month period. During each month of the series, Managers will attend one half-day session with IUPUI instructors. They will then spend half of their day with select Tom Wood facilitators to review topics covered in class the day prior as well as how those topics apply to the Tom Wood way. Upon completion of the series, employees will be awarded their Tom Wood Leadership Certification.

In the future, beyond those who are already managers, high potential employees will also have the opportunity to take part in the training. By doing so, we are providing quality learning opportunities to our top employees while also developing of a pool of internal candidates, allowing us to further increase promotions from within. With our first round of classes taking place next month, we’d like to thank IUPUI for all of their efforts and assistance in creating our initial Tom Wood University course offering!

Learn more about Corporate Education & Contract Training at IUPUI

IUPUI Professional Development and Corporate Education can tailor Programs and resources to the needs of your organization. Customized contract training is designed for business, industry, government, and nonprofit leaders. Many of the classes and programs lead to certificate and continuing education credits (CEUs) for professionals.

IUPUI programs and resources include:

  • Customized training developed in partnership with employers
  • Expert resources for employers on attracting, identifying, retaining, and growing talent
  • Seminars and conferences on workforce development and design
  • Consulting and research
  • Executive and continuing education programs

Contact us to build your training today. To learn more click HERE.

Project Management
Sat., Feb. 13, 2016 | 9am – 4pm | $219
Sat., Mar. 19, 2016 | 9am – 4pm | $219
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.
Sat., Feb. 27, 2016 | 9 am – 4 pm | $219
Time pressure often forces project managers to jump from the project request straight to the project schedule or work breakdown structure.
In this class you will learn about one of the most important but often neglected aspects of project management, that is creating the plan.
Thurs., Mar. 3 – 24, 2016 |
6 – 8:30 pm | $319
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, and will also help you understand how to use that knowledge to create more reliable project schedules.
Introduction to Agile Project Management

Sat., Mar. 5, 2016 | 9 am – 4 pm | $219
As companies expand their project management practices, they are looking for new and improved methods of managing projects to increase their effectiveness and success. Studies have shown that Agile Project Management can have a positive impact on project outcomes, team productivity and customer satisfaction.
Project Management Business Analysis

Sat., Mar. 12, 2016 | 9:00 am – 4
 pm | $219

Business Analysis is the process of eliciting business requirements to determine solutions to business problems and initiatives. This class will focus on identifying and documenting high level and detailed requirements in addition to using these requirements to create a Business Requirements Document (BRD) and project work plan.

Thurs., Mar. 24 – June 2, 2016 | 6- 9 pm | $989
This carefully designed course is 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.
Business Success
Mondays, March 7 – May 23, 2016 | 6:15 – 9 pm | $989
Prepare for the SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) and SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) certification exam. This course covers the functional areas of HR management, including management practices, general employment practices, staffing, HR development, compensation and benefits, employee and labor relations, health safety and security.
Mondays, June 6 – August 1, 2016 | 6:00 – 9 pm | $1,500
Lean Six Sigma (LSS) is the combination of two proven methodologies for improving total organization performance through systematic and continuous process improvement. With roots in the Toyota Total Quality system, LSS has become the de facto process improvement methodology of choice in the manufacturing, healthcare, insurance and military sectors.
Mondays, June 6 – August 1, 2016 | 6:00 – 9 pm | $1,750
In industry, LSS training is based around a graduated belt system dependent on number of training hours and project completion. The LSS + Project will include an Online Project worked on outside of the classroom.
Mondays, June 6 – August 1, 2016 | 6:00 – 9 pm | $2,000
The IUPUI LSS Sigma Green Belt Certificate program is unique in that it offers professionals an industry-recognized training certificate. This LSS + Project with Green Belt Certification program includes testing and certification of Green Belt status with successful completion of the class work, project, and exam.
Health and Medical
February 18 – April 18, 2016 | 6:00 – 8:30 pm | $845
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.

Community Engagement

IUPUI students, faculty, staff will honor memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. through service and work

IUPUI will honor Martin Luther King Jr.’s commitment to service and social justice on Saturday, Jan. 16, at the 16th annual MLK Day of Service, themed “Stand Up, Speak Out.” Hundreds of students, faculty and staff are expected to join together in a day of service across Indianapolis to work with more than a dozen community partners.

Activist Angela Davis will deliver keynote address at IUPUI Martin Luther King Jr. dinner 

Political activist, scholar, author and educator Angela Y. Davis will deliver the keynote address during the 2016 IUPUI dinner honoring the legacy of MLK Jr. Organized by the Black Student Union in partnership with the Office of Student Involvement, the annual IUPUI Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Dinner, now in its 47th year, will take place at 6 p.m., at the Indiana Roof Ballroom, 140 W. Washington St., in downtown Indianapolis. 

IU alumni and David Anspaugh are bringing Hollywood to Bloomington

A team of IU alumni is beginning production for a feature-length romantic comedy that will be filmed in late January in downtown Bloomington and near the surrounding IU campus. “The Good Catholic” will feature Danny Glover, known for “Lethal Weapon” and “The Color Purple,” and John C. McGinley, known for his roles in the TV series “Scrubs” and Oliver Stone’s movie “Platoon.”

‘Talking Wall’ celebrates African-American history in Indianapolis

IUPUI and the Arts Council of Indianapolis unveiled a new public sculpture on campus Dec.18 to honor the contributions of African Americans to the city’s history. “Talking Wall,” created by Indiana artist Bernard Williams, is a tribute to a wide range of contributions in areas such as entrepreneurship, sports, music, education and the Underground Railroad.

 

For IUPUI Students, Faculty & Staff

JagStart: Student Idea Pitch Competition

JagStart is an annual event that pits contestants against the clock to pitch their original ideas to a panel of judges.Students (undergraduate and graduate) are invited to enter the competition to showcase their ideas for innovative new products, new business ventures, or compelling solutions to social challenges. Entries are due February 1, 2016 and the competition will be held March 4, 2016. There are cash prizes.

Apply for the Staff Council Professional Development Grant

In 2014, the IUPUI Staff Council began awarding grants three times annually for staff to pursue professional development opportunities. Staff Council Professional Development Grants are open to all IUPUI staff members who contribute to the overall mission and success of the university. Application deadline to apply is April 1, 2016 (11:59 p.m.).

Calendar

*Don’t miss this upcoming Community Event! All are open to the public.

January – March, 2016
Indy Book Zone is working to bridge the diversity gap in children’s books. According to Indy Book Zone, “People of color make up 37% of the U.S. population, but only 10% of children’s books include multicultural content.” IUPUI Office of Community Engagement is partnering with Indy Book Zone to collect book donations. Please donate books to IUPUI or Butler’s Irwin Library. Other station points are at the Christian Theological Seminary Black History Month Celebration events held on February 3,13, and March 2. These events are free and open to the public. For more information contact Michele Wood, michele@michelewood.com.

Professional Development News

Executive Director of IUPUI Professional Development and Corporate Education
ENGAGE YOUR CAREER AT IUPUI
New Workshops and Programs: 2016 Professional Development Class Calendar Goes Live on December 7th!

 

With less than one month left in 2015, it’s time to ask if the year was a success. Did your team perform as planned? Did you retain critical staff and move talented team members into leadership roles? Did your organization meet its goals? And did you achieve your own personal and professional goals? If you answered “yes” to these questions then celebrate!

But if you want to do more to capitalize on your team’s talents and increase knowledge and productivity, we can help. The 2016 IUPUI Professional Development and Corporate Education Open Enrollment Calendar will go live on Monday, December 7, 2015. IUPUI’s professional development and continuing education programs provide next-level training that meets needs of Indiana’s professionals, workforce, and employers. Don’t miss out on workshops and programs that build knowledge of new or developing fields, update and increase existing skills, and prepare employees to be successful team members and leaders. IUPUI’s professional development workshops and classes are taught by experts with years of experience in the field and many classes lead to certificates and continuing education credits for professionals. Some even include lunch! Enrollment is affordable, and locations are accessible – so it’s easy to enroll one person or send a full team. Or, we can bring any of our programs to you through customized training options.

Don’t miss the opportunity to build quality professional development into your 2016 budget. Let us know how IUPUI can help you Engage your Career and Invest in your Employees.

Upcoming Professional Development Classes & Workshops

Register Now for End of the Year Professional Development Classes

ENGAGE Your Career at IUPUI! Don’t miss these up-coming professional development classes and workshops that are open to the public. Classes are designed to build knowledge of new or developing fields, increase existing skills and expertise, 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 class listing 
Click HERE to view the monthly calendar  
Thursday, December 10, 2015 | 9 a.m. – noon
Group members develop shared leadership when they share responsibility for both task achievement and group maintenance, integrity, and teamwork. Learn how to make your differences work for you.
Saturday, December 12, 2015 | 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Business Analysis is the process of eliciting business requirements to determine solutions to business problems and initiatives. This class will help develop your business analysis and project management skills.
Tuesday, December 15, 2015 | 9 a.m. – noon
In this hands-on, facilitated discussion participants will dig deep to discover their passion and create a strategic plan for infusing purpose into daily life.
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Save the Date!
Professional Development and Corporate Education Relaunch Party
January 26, 2016 | 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Join us and learn more about our programs, meet instructors, and network with colleagues.

Community Engagement and Partnerships

IndyHub Celebrating 10 Years

Congratulations to our partners and friends at IndyHub for 10 years of work in Indy on behalf of all the 20-/30-somethings who care about being a part of our city.

School at IUPUI receives $1.9M federal grant to increase diversity in health workforce

This project is a great exemplar of the power community and university partners can have when they come together to address gaps in education and service,” said Andrea Pfeifle. The initiative is designed to provide disadvantaged students with the academic and social skills to successfully graduate from health professions programs.

United Way at IUPUI opens up a world of career possibilities

“Our connection to United Way of Central Indiana has allowed me to take part in the ‘Leading Change: Ending Poverty Series,'”Amna Sohail said.” That experience helped me understand the barriers people face in Central Indiana, and what work local agencies can do to overcome those barriers. That’s why the giving we all do on campus is important.”

IU School of Dentistry program helping rebuild lives

Veterans’ Employability: The Dental Connection, which involves the IU School of Dentistry and community partners such as the Delta Dental Foundation and the Hoosier Veterans Assistance Foundation began more than a year ago, when Karen Yoder of the dental school learned that some veterans find it difficult to find affordable oral health care. “The Dental Connection helps veterans at a time when they need support, and it helps our students learn how to be leaders in community-based programs,” Yoder said.

For IUPUI Students, Faculty & Staff

Registration is open for the IUPUI 2016 MLK Day of Service

Registration is now open for IUPUI students, faculty and staff who want to volunteer for community service as part of the annual IUPUI Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service.

The Best Talent Strategy is Professional Development

Written by Teresa Bennett, MPA, Assistant Vice Chancellor, IUPUI Office of Community Engagement, and Executive Director, IUPUI Professional Development and Corporate Education. 

Teresa Bennett, Executive Director 

The Indy Chamber’s October 2015 HR Monthly Messenger newsletter shared the following article from Mercer:

Mercer Study: 42% of “Very Satisfied” Workers Still Looking for Another Job

Nearly one out of two employees who said they are very satisfied with their organizations and their jobs (45% and 42%, respectively) are also looking to leave, according to Mercer’s latest Inside Employees’ Minds™ research that surveyed 3,000 people representing a complete cross-section of the US workforce.Read more.

 The article is intriging and what it says about employers and employees requires our attention.  Based on a survey of 3,000 people, nearly half stated that while they are satisfied with their organizations (45%) and their jobs (42%), they are “looking to leave.” Employees know what employers haven’t yet acknowledged – it’s a buyer’s market now. And it’s not just young professionals who are on the move. With unemployment at the 2005 levels (5.1% nationally), employers must consider what they can do to not only attract, but also to retain their largest investment – employees. And satisfaction isn’t enough. Employers must create and follow a talent management plan that includes professional development and paths to professional growth and leadership for their employees.

I hear from many Central Indiana employers that their organizations are small and there aren’t many opportunities for their employees to aspire to leadership positions or be promoted past a mid-manager or programmatic level. They seem resigned to the revolving door of training up great employees only to lose them after a few years. I agree that many organizations and businesses have fairly flat organizational structures, but that shouldn’t prohibit an employer from thinking strategically about ways to reward highly effective people and recognize important contributions. As evidenced by many of the companies and organizations on Indiana’s Top Places to Work list, many top employers provide continuing education support and reimbursements. Professional development pays dividends in terms of the value well prepared and effective employees provide to their employers. Plus, employer provided or supported professional development  sends a message to employees that they are important and that the organization is willing to invest in them.

IUPUI’s Professional Development and Corporate Education initiative provides high-quality professional development services and programs to Central Indiana employers from organizations and companies of all sizes. So even a small to mid-sized company can access the resources it needs to develop impactful professional development programs that attract and retain talent. Our office provides several options to assist employers in determining the professional development programs needed to meet organizational goals including talent and organizational assessments; development of goal-focused professional development programs; and customized, on-site education and professional development programs. Many of our workshops and programs lead to certifications, CEUs, and some can be assessed for college credit.

Contact us to find out how we can help you organization succeed by investing in the talent dividend. To learn more click HERE.

Simple Project Management

Written by Scott Medawar, MBA, PMP, and Six Sigma Green Belt, IUPUI Professional Development and Corporate Education Instructor, Managing Short Term Projects, November 7, 2015, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Keep it Simple!
Scott Medawar

Anything you do that has an end date can be considered a project. From launching a rocket to the moon to planning a family vacation. Once you understand that, you will understand one of the most important skills to master in life is project management.

So what is a project? A project is a temporary endeavor to bring about a result. It involves three things: managing time, managing scope, and managing money. Managing time takes practice and discipline. How many people use time management tools to schedule tasks each day? Managing scope can be difficult. If you were planning a trip to the moon, how to you keep from getting dragged in to planning a trip to Mars at the same time? To be successful in managing scope you should learn to use tools and techniques to manage the scope of your projects. Regarding managing money; do you use money management tools and techniques to track your project’s income and cost? Project management teaches us tools and techniques for managing budgets too.

There are dozens of methodologies, tools and templates to help you manage projects. As the speed of business is accelerating, how do we keep up? The answer is; we have to keep our tools and techniques relatively simple. We start with a simple charter to define what our project is about, who is working on it, what will be delivered, estimate the cost, and forecast when the project will be completed. Then, develop a simple project plan to define the tools and techniques that will be used to complete the project. Use simple tools to track progress during project execution. Finally, use a simple close document that is closely tied to your charter to validate that the project is complete. Once you complete the close document, your project is complete!

Here are some ideas to keep your projects simple:

  • Start with a simple charter/definition document
  • Take time to define the scope in simple terms. The scope is our understanding of what we are trying to do so that other people can understand and support the project
  • Information for information’s sake is a waste of time. No one reads long charters and project plans, if they do, they don’t remember half of it
  • Most project expectations revolve around speed
  • Complexity is the enemy of speed
  • Provide only enough complexity to provide a quality product and maximize speed

As you think about your career and the skills you need to be successful, don’t forget to learn project management skills. Templates are tools that allow you to repeat success, use them. Most of all develop the skill to convert complex initiatives into simple projects that are clearly defined, broken into manageable chunks and delivers on expectations. Your results will be outstanding and your success will be repeatable and undeniable.

Are you ready to learn how to keep it simple in managing short term projects? If so, click HERE to sign up!

Upcoming Professional Development Classes & Workshops

Register now for Fall Professional Development Classes

ENGAGE Your Career at IUPUI!  Don’t miss these up-coming professional development classes and workshops that are open to the public.  Classes are designed to build knowledge of new or developing fields, increase existing skills and expertise, 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 class listing 
Click HERE to view the monthly calendar 

New! Fall Leadership Workshops:

Register now for one or all workshops. Time is limited.

1/2 Day Workshop:
Transforming Managers to Leaders
December 3, 2015 | 9 a.m. – noon
Great leaders embody the beliefs, values, and commitment required to transform themselves and others from merely effective to great. This workshop provides an open discussion, interactive activities, and exercises to help you understand leadership and what it entails. Leadership is a “choice & mindset.” This workshop focuses on common problems, and introduces participants to the process of understanding individual styles as they relate to the styles of others. This workshop takes you on a journey of discovery about yourself, those you lead, and your team to boost morale, increase focus, and transform your team into leaders. Instructor:  Cathy Holloway Hill
1/2 Day Workshop:
Building Strong Teams
December 10, 2015 | 9 a.m. – noon
Register Now!

 

 

This workshop is designed to develop participant skills and insights through two kinds of applied activities: (1) the process of identifying and practicing group role responsibilities in order to analyze, understand, and evaluate ideas, and (2) the process of making group decisions collaboratively and intentionally. Group members develop shared leadership when they share responsibility for both task achievement and group maintenance, integrity, and teamwork. Through guided practice, teams develop skills to conduct disciplined, planned discussions and evaluate the group’s process in both large-group and small-group settings. Instructor: Tim Bennett
1/2 Day Workshop: Work on Purpose
December 15, 2015 | 9 a.m. – Noon
Register Now!

In this hands-on, facilitated discussion participants will dig deep to discover their passion and create a strategic plan for infusing purpose into daily life. The first segment, Heart+Head=Hustle, will teach participants how to identify work that aligns their heart and their head. The second portion of this workshop will build upon these ideas, guiding participants to create personal purpose mission statements. These sessions are part of a curriculum designed by Echoing Green, an organization with the mission to “unleash next generation talent to solve the world’s biggest problems.” This workshop is designed for anyone wanting to create lives and work with meaning. Instructor: Sara Griffin

Project Management:

Learn the tools and strategies needed to keep projects on time and make yourself, your team, and your organization successful.

Managing Short Term Projects
Nov. 7, 2015 | 9 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Register Now!

Planning and Managing Complex Projects 
Nov. 14, 2015 | 9 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Register Now!

New! Project Management Business Analysis
Dec. 5, 2015 | 9 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Register Now!

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT AND PARTNERSHIPS

IUPUI is proud to partner with neighborhoods in our community

The IUPUI Office of Community Engagement works to support the quality of life of residents in diverse neighborhoods within the urban core of Indianapolis.

IUPUI also serves as the Great Places 2020 convener for the West Michigan and King Streets area and serves as a strategic partner in the Near Eastside Area which has been designated as a Federal Promise Zone.

Don’t miss these important upcoming Near Eastside Activities:

The House Life Project: Social Hour:Every Tuesday, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. 804 Eastern Avenue

The House Life Project is a community-based art project that explores new ways of seeing and experiencing vacant properties. In addition to drinks, snacks, and conversation, neighbors can stop by to experience the Camera Obscura in the second floor bedroom. Prepare to be amazed as the outside world magically appears on the wall with absolutely no technology or cameras used!

For more information visit

http://www.houselifeproject.org.

Your Life Matters®:

November 4,5,9, 2015

Your Life Matters® and the United Community Center of Indianapolis are hosting a series of community input sessions at the city’s multiservice centers, all are from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Upcoming Dates:

November 4, 2015 at Southeast Community Services Center, 901 Shelby St.

November 5, 2015 at Edna Martin Christian Center, 2605 E. 25th St.

November 9, 2015 at Forest Manor Multi Service Center, 5603 E. 38th St.

Apples and Oranges Near Eastside Thanksgiving Dinner Food Drive: Now through November 23
Join Apples and Oranges Childcare Ministry in hosting a delicious Thanksgiving Feast for our Near Eastside Neighbors who would otherwise go without. Stop by the childcare center any day of the week with your non-perishable goods. Items on the wishlist include: green beans, creamed corn, cranberry sauce, jiffy corn muffin mix, and chips. For more information call 317-423-9301 or visit online HERE.

Industrial Assessment Center at IUPUI

Invest in your Business. Invest in our Students.

The Industrial Assessment Center at IUPUI offers services to businesses to help them become more energy efficient, while at the same time training IUPUI students to become the next generation of energy efficiency experts. With a grant from the Department of Energy, the center provides free energy audits to businesses. The goal is to make Indiana a clean, energy efficient state!

About the Program:
Engineering students are trained to be certified as energy auditors. Students learn and grow directly in the field with the expertise of certified professors, who lead the audit.

With a free audit, businesses can save over $10,000 in yearly energy savings. Not only will the business benefit, but future young energy professionals will gain knowledge and experience.

To learn more about the Industrial Assessment Center, and fill out an on-line form click HERE.

For questions contact Professor Jie Chin at jchen3@iupui.edu or Ryan Cutter at rpcutter@gmail.com.

Thriving Communities, Thriving State Project by IU Public Policy Institute

Keeping Indiana’s future at the forefront, policymakers must understand that Indiana is not one thing. Rather, Indiana is the collection of millions of people and thousands of communities located across the state. As such, we need to be proactive and strategic in shaping Indiana’s future.

With this in mind, the IU Public Policy Institute is close to wrapping up its Thriving Communities, Thriving State project, a two-year effort to evaluate what makes Indiana communities succeed.

Kathy Davis (former Indiana Lieutenant Governor) and Randall T. Shepard (former Chief Justice of the Indiana Supreme Court) are helping guide these conversations as the project’s co-chairs.

Through this project, three commissions assisted by the Institute research team and graduate assistants are months away from making recommendations to state and local policy leaders about which current policies help or hinder communities, where there are policy gaps, and what policy changes are needed to support communities. The commissions are placed-based, focusing on issues affecting rural, mid-sized, and urban communities.

Additionally, the commissions want to reach a common understanding of the interdependencies and shared destiny of urban, mid-sized, and small town/rural Indiana, and to use this understanding to identify effective strategies for action.

Some of the preliminary findings point to Indiana being risk-averse and not as bold as our state needs to be. In each of the commissions there is a sense of urgency especially with efforts to reshape education, leadership and the workforce as it relates to talent attraction and long-term development.

For Indiana to succeed all communities need to thrive. How they thrive is likely to revolve around some of same issues but have different approaches/nuance, which means that sometimes urban will have to put their interests aside to enable rural to take a step forward and other times rural will have to stand aside to let mid-sized move forward.

The work of the commissions will be documented in a final report, including strategies and policy recommendations for each set of communities, a summary examining the complementary or competitive nature of the recommendations across the three community types, and a set of proposed annual indicators that will guide an annual state-of-the-state report. The Institute is working with IUPUI and others to convene a gubernatorial forum in late August 2016, with a format similar to the one our team hosted in 2012.

For more information about Thriving Communities, Thriving State, visit www.policyinstitute.iu.edu/thriving

IUPUI Faculty & Staff

Apply for the Staff Council Professional Development Grant

In 2014, the IUPUI Staff Council began awarding grants three times annually for staff to pursue professional development opportunities. Staff Council Professional Development Grants are open to all IUPUI staff members who contribute to the overall mission and success of the university.

The purpose of the Professional Development Grants program of the IUPUI Staff Council is to award recognition and financial support to individual staff members who engage in professional development activities which will enhance the status of and demonstrate the value of the entire staff at IUPUI.

Upcoming application deadlines to apply are December 1, 2015 and April 1, 2016 (11:59 p.m.). Click HERE for more information.

Professional Development News

Transforming Managers to Leaders

Written by Cathy Holloway Hill, MA Psychology, IUPUI Professional Development and Corporate Education Instructor, Transforming Managers to Leaders, October 22, 9:00 a.m. – Noon.

Transforming Managers to Leaders is a crucial workshop for all individuals who want to understand the criticality of creating and sustaining full employee engagement. In today’s competitive environment, “task” skill training (technology, finance, admin, etc) is not enough. People need a sense of purpose – they need to believe their work is aligned with a higher cause. And in order for companies to be successful, employees must understand WHY they do what they do and align it with the values and beliefs of their employers. Organizational failure occurs when people are not motivated and lack crucial life skills to perform their job roles.

Why do certain leaders and organizations stand head and shoulders above others in history (i.e., Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Oprah)? What makes them unique from other leaders? These individuals understand what it takes to lead and inspire others to discover and uncover their unique brilliance, and they empower them to unleash that brilliance in their lives and the organization.

This workshop offers the tool-set, skill-set, and mind-set to help you learn and embody this Leadership ability and lead to full employee engagement while creating a culture conducive for team/relationship building and customer loyalty. Once you learn the three most critical aspects of what differentiates managers from leaders, you will transform your workplace from a re-active environment to a fully engaged pro-active team (eliminating conflict, chaos, confusion, and competition) resulting in enhanced morale, reduced turnover, increased productivity, and most importantly, increased success.

Are you ready to transform yourself and your team from ordinary to extraordinary? If so, click HERE to sign up!

Building Strong Teams

Written by Tim Bennett, MSED Higher Education, Instructor, Building Strong Teams,October 29, 2015, 9:00 a.m. – Noon.

Professionals are asked every day to participate on teams and in work groups with little regard for the skill sets necessary to be a productive, effective team member. It is estimated that seven out of ten work teams experience some sort of dysfunction directly effecting the productivity of the team and one out of seven work teams experience catastrophic failure.

There are many factors for why teams fail. Individuals and team members may have the will and even well-defined objectives. So, why do teams fail and why is the experience often damaging to relationships? What are the hallmarks of a good team? Knowledge of and ability to implement shared leadership, consensus decision making, defined team member roles and responsibilities, directly effect the dynamic of the team.

While you may have heard of emotional IQ, what matters in team work is the Team’s Collective IQ. Knowing your Team’s IQ and how it effects the productivity and efficiency of the work group is critical for building mutual trust and two-way communication from which to define roles, plan, make decisions – AND SUCCEED.

In this workshop, you will learn about the individual team member’s obligation to the team and the importance of the team dynamic as a foundation and framework to increase a team’s overall Team IQ. The higher the Team IQ, the more productive and efficient work groups can be in achieving their goals and objectives.

Take the lead and transform your Team IQ by clicking HERE to register.

Upcoming Professional Development Classes & Workshops

 Register now for Fall Professional Development Classes

ENGAGE Your Career at IUPUI!  Don’t miss these up-coming professional development classes and workshops that are open to the public.  Classes are designed to build knowledge of new or developing fields, increase existing skills and expertise, 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 fall class listing 

Click HERE to view the monthly calendar 

New! Fall Leadership Workshops:

Register now for one or all workshops. Time is limited.

1/2 Day Workshop:
Transforming Managers to Leaders  
October 22, 2015 | 9 a.m. – noon


Great leaders embody the beliefs, values, and commitment required to transform themselves and others from merely effective to great. This workshop provides an open discussion, interactive activities, and exercises to help you understand leadership and what it entails. Leadership is a “choice & mindset.” This workshop focuses on common problems, and introduces participants to the process of understanding individual styles as they relate to the styles of others. This workshop takes you on a journey of discovery about yourself, those you lead, and your team to boost morale, increase focus, and transform your team into leaders. Instructor:  Cathy Holloway Hill
1/2 Day Workshop:
Building Strong Teams 
October 29, 2015 | 9 a.m. – noon
This workshop is designed to develop participant skills and insights through two kinds of applied activities: (1) the process of identifying and practicing group role responsibilities in order to analyze, understand, and evaluate ideas, and (2) the process of making group decisions collaboratively and intentionally. Group members develop shared leadership when they share responsibility for both task achievement and group maintenance, integrity, and teamwork. Through guided practice, teams develop skills to conduct disciplined, planned discussions and evaluate the group’s process in both large-group and small-group settings. Instructor: Tim Bennett

1/2 Day Workshop: Work on Purpose  December 15, 2015 | 9 a.m. – Noon
Register Now!

In this hands-on, facilitated discussion participants will dig deep to discover their passion and create a strategic plan for infusing purpose into daily life. The first segment, Heart+Head=Hustle, will teach participants how to identify work that aligns their heart and their head. The second portion of this workshop will build upon these ideas, guiding participants to create personal purpose mission statements. These sessions are part of a curriculum designed by Echoing Green, an organization with the mission to “unleash next generation talent to solve the world’s biggest problems.” This workshop is designed for anyone wanting to create lives and work with meaning. Instructor: Sara Griffin

GRE Test Prep Workshops Build Your Confidence and Get You Ready

GRE Test Prep Workshops Build Your Confidence and Get You Ready

Can you answer this sample GRE test question?*

This question has five answer choices. Select the best one of the answer choices given:

In State X, all vehicle license plates have 2 letters from the 26 letters of the alphabet followed by 3 one-digit numbers. How many different license plates can State X have if repetition of letters and numbers is allowed?

A 23,400

B 60,840

C 67,600

D 608,400

E 676,000

Answer: E

*From www.ets.org

If you’re not quite ready for the test, our GRE Refresher and Intensive Study Courses can help you prepare!

What It Takes to Get Things Done: IUPUI Project Management Classes

Did you know PMP Certified Professionals Earn Higher Salaries than uncertified project managers?

Source: Software Advice

In this article, Derek Singleton covers considerations for project managers interested in obtaining their certification. As he concludes, “you don’t need your PMP to be a project management professional, but it can help you land a job more easily and will likely result in higher compensation for the time and effort invested.”

If you’re ready to be certified, our Online Project Management (PMP®) Exam Preparation course can help you prepare for the test.

Computers & Information Systems:
GRE Preparation:
PMP Certification Preparation:
Spreadsheets are one of the easiest ways to track all the facts and figures of your life, and Excel is one the most popular spreadsheet programs around. These classes will give you the tools you need to create, edit, format and become more proficient in spreadsheet applications.

Intermediate Excel
Nov. 6-14 , 2015
9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Register Now!

 
GRE: Refresher Course
Nov. 2 – Nov.30, 2015
6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
In this 6-week course, students learn the basic strategies related to successfully completing the Quantitative, Verbal, and Writing sections of the Graduate Record Examination. Specifically, the course covers the theoretical frameworks tested within each section of the exam, and a series of increasingly difficult practice questions help students continue to build their skills.
GRE: Preparation Course IntensiveNov. 7 – Dec. 19, 2015
9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
This 6-week course meets on Saturdays and includes a combination of lecture and small group practice sessions engaging students with strategies to successfully complete the Graduate Record Examination. Tutoring is available through this course. Register Now!
Online Project Management Professional (PMP®) Exam Preparation
Oct. 29, 2015 – Feb. 4, 2016 
6 – 9:00 p.m.
IUPUI’s PMP® Certification Exam Preparation classes are designed to prepare project management practitioners for the Project Management Professional (PMP®) or Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM®) examination. Register Now
Project Management:
 
Learn the tools and strategies needed to keep projects on time and make yourself, your team, and your organization successful.
Introduction to Agile Project Management
Oct. 17, 2015
9 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Register Now!Managing Short Term Projects
Nov. 7, 2015
9 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Register Now!

Planning and Managing Complex Projects
Nov. 14, 2015
9 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Register Now!

New! Project Management Business Analysis
Dec. 5, 2015
9 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Register Now!

COMMUNITY PARTNERS SPOTLIGHT:

STEM conference to include award-winning journalist’s insights for educators seeking coverage for diversity efforts

Higher-education practitioners and administrators engaged in promoting diversity within STEM degree programs and workplaces, register for the third annual Louis Stokes Midwest Center of Excellence conference, Oct. 24 – 25 at the Wyndham Indianapolis West hotel in downtown Indianapolis. The Louis Stokes Midwest Center of Excellence, is based on the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis campus.

More than 300 STEM faculty, administrators and students from across the country are expected to attend the two-day gathering. The event provides a forum to consider and discuss broadening the participation of underrepresented minorities in science, technology, engineering and math degrees and careers.

Special guest speakers for the event, themed “Accelerating Diversity along the STEM Pipeline,” include award-winning reporter Jamaal Abdul-Alim, a frequent writer for Diverse Issues in Higher Education, Mary Howard-Hamilton, Indiana State University professor of higher education leadership, and Tasha R. Inniss, associate professor of mathematics at Spelman College and co-lead program director of Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation.

In addition to the keynote speeches, the conference will include a poster session,  interactive workshops, breakout sessions, oral presentations from STEM doctoral candidates, a STEM student career fair and a discussion panel.

Registration for the opening day of the conference, including the luncheon, is $100. Conference registration is $200 for both days, through Oct. 15. The cost is $300 for registration on Oct. 16 or later.

Click HERE for article by IUPUINewsroom.
Click HERE to register for the conference.

IUPUI Faculty & Staff

Apply for the Staff Council Professional Development Grant

In 2014, the IUPUI Staff Council began awarding grants three times annually for staff to pursue professional development opportunities. Staff Council Professional Development Grants are open to all IUPUI staff members who contribute to the overall mission and success of the university.

The purpose of the Professional Development Grants program of the IUPUI Staff Council is to award recognition and financial support to individual staff members who engage in professional development activities which will enhance the status of and demonstrate the value of the entire staff at IUPUI.

Upcoming application deadlines to apply are December 1, 2015 and April 1, 2016 (11:59 p.m.). Click HERE for more information.

Upcoming Professional Development Classes, Workshops & The Business Academy:

Register now for Fall Professional Development Classes

ENGAGE Your Career at IUPUI!  Don’t miss these up-coming professional development classes, workshops and The Business Academy that are open to the public.  Classes are designed to build knowledge of new or developing fields, increase existing skills and expertise, 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 fall class listing 
Click HERE to view the monthly calendar 

New! Register now for The Business Academy

The Business Academy is a 3-day series of courses developed with small to mid-size business leaders in mind. The Business Academy is scheduled to achieve maximum impact for minimum time away from the office. The Academy offers two sessions per day, on three Tuesdays in October and November.

Cost
One session is $250; multiple session discounts apply up to $75 max. Register for the full six-sessions and receive a $100 discount. Contact us at pdce@iupui.edu or (317) 278-9170 for more information.
 

Attendees may choose any one session or all six sessions, though it is recommended that you attend all three days to realize the greatest impact: 

 

October 13 Topics:
Business Academy Session 1: Transforming Managers to Leaders | 9 a.m. – noon
This session will define effective leadership, clarify brand and company vision/mission, and introduce the skills needed to create and implement a vision for the team, unit, and/or company. Register!
Business Academy Session 2: Building Strong Teams | 1 – 4 p.m.
This session is designed to help small business owners, managers and leaders as they build teams around their ideas. Learn to create shared goals and develop high impact teams. Register!
October 27 Topics:
Business Academy Session 3: Being Part of Your Organization’s Brand | 9 a.m. – noon
This session will cover marketing – what it is and what it isn’t. Using an interactive, practical approach, you will examine topics such as customer service, ethics, marketing strategies and trends, and key steps to ensuring that your team is part of an effective marketing strategy. Register!
Business Academy Session 4: Finance for Business | 1 – 4 p.m.
This session will give participants an understanding of basic financial statements such as balance sheet, income statement, and statement of cash flow. The topics will assist business leaders and entrepreneurs to understand the financial planning process. Register!
November 17 Topics:
Business Academy Session 5: Project Management | 9 a.m. – noon
This session introduces proven techniques to manage projects. Topics include organizing your project, starting, planning, executing, controlling and closing projects in a fast paced environment. Register!
Business Academy Session 6: Organizational Planning | 1 – 4 p.m.
This session is designed to assist business owners, managers, and leaders to define their organization’s strategic direction. Examine best practices and tips for setting priorities, how to decide where to focus energy and resources, and strengthening operations. Register!
Register for all 6 sessions (3 days) and save $100: Register!
New! Fall Leadership Workshops:
1/2 Day Workshop:
Transforming Managers to Leaders  
October 1, 2015
9 a.m. – noon
Great leaders embody the beliefs, values, and commitment required to transform themselves and others from effectiveness to greatness. This course provides an open discussion, interactive activities and exercises to help you understand leadership and what it entails.
Register Now!
1/2 Day Workshop:
Building Strong Teams 
October 8, 2015
9 a.m. – noon
This course is designed to develop participant skills and insights through two kinds of applied activities: (1) the process of identifying and practicing group role responsibilities that facilitate helping each other to analyze, understand, and evaluate ideas, and (2) the process of making group decisions collaboratively and intentionally.
Register Now!
Computers & Information Systems:
GRE Preparation:
Health and Medical:

Spreadsheets are one of the easiest ways to track all the facts and figures of your life, and Excel is
one the most popular spreadsheet programs around. These classes will give you the tools you need to create, edit, format and become more proficient in spreadsheet applications.
Introduction to Excel
Oct. 9-16, 2015
9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Register Now!
Intermediate Excel
Nov. 6-14 , 2015
9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Register Now!
Introduction to Microsoft Project 2013
Sep. 24 – Oct. 15, 2015
6 – 8:30 p.m.
Register Now!
 
GRE: Preparation Course Intensive
Nov. 7 – Dec. 19, 2015
9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
This 6-week course meets on Saturdays and includes a combination of lecture and small group practice sessions engaging students with strategies to successfully complete the Graduate Record Examination. Tutoring is available through this course. Register Now!
GRE: Refresher Course
Nov. 2 – Nov.30, 2015
6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
This 5-week course meets on Mondays and is ideal for learners who want to test their readiness and sharpen their skills. Students learn the basic strategies to understand the theoretical frameworks of the Graduate Record Examination. Register Now!
Pharmacy Technician Course
Sept. 28 – Nov. 19, 2015
6 – 8:30 p.m.
This comprehensive 40-hour course prepares you to enter the pharmacy field under a registered pharmacist’s supervision. Register Now!
Online Pharmacy Technician Course
Sept. 28 – Nov. 22, 2015

Register Now!

New! Introductory Spanish for Healthcare Professionals
Sept. 23 – Oct. 28, 2015 
6 – 8:30 p.m.
This introductory class focuses on the development of students’ communicative competence in Spanish and their understanding of some of the culture(s) of Spanish-speaking peoples. Register Now!

 

NonProfit:
Personal Interest:
PMP Certification Preparation:
New! Project Management for Non-Profits – Organizing for Success
Oct. 3, 2015
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
This one-day workshop will equip nonprofit managers with the tools and techniques that will help non-profit organizations maximize resource utilization, motivate stakeholders, align resources to timelines, and will teach you how to organize non-profit projects.
Register Now!
 
Donald Davidsons Indy 500 History
Oct. 6 – Oct. 27, 2015
7 – 9:00 p.m.
Meet Donald Davidson at the Speedway High School and be entertained by his knowledge of historic events, anecdotes and colorful characters from the 500-mile race. Register Now!
Online Project Management Professional (PMP®) Exam Preparation
Oct. 15, 2015 – Jan. 21, 2016 
6 – 9:00 p.m.
IUPUI’s PMP® Certification Exam Preparation classes are designed to prepare project management practitioners for the Project Management Professional (PMP®) or Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM®) examination. Register Now!
New! Accelerated Project Management Professional (PMP®) Exam Preparation
Oct. 21- Dec. 2, 2015
Project Management:

Learn the tools and strategies needed to keep projects on time and make yourself and team successful.

SHRM Certification Preparation:
Introduction to Microsoft Project 2013
Sep. 24 – Oct. 15, 2015
6 – 8:30 p.m.
Register Now!

Introduction to Project Management
Sep. 26, 2015
9 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Register Now!
Introduction to Agile Project Management
Oct. 17, 2015
9 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Register Now!

Managing Short Term Projects
Nov. 7, 2015
9 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Register Now!

Planning and Managing Complex Projects
Nov. 14, 2015
9 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Register Now!

New! Project Management Business Analysis
Dec. 5, 2015
9 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Register Now!

Preparation for the SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) and SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) Certification
Sep. 21 – Dec. 7, 2015 
6:15 – 9:00 p.m.
Enhance your skills and prepare for the PHR or the SPHR exam. Register Now!

COMMUNITY PARTNERS SPOTLIGHT:

School at IUPUI receives $1.9M federal grant to increase diversity in health workforce

The Indiana University School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences has been awarded a three-year $1.9 million grant by the U.S Department of Health and Human ServicesHealth Resources and Services Administration to develop and implement the Indiana University Health Careers Opportunity Program. The initiative is designed to provide disadvantaged students with the academic and social skills to successfully graduate from health professions programs.

The lack of diversity in the health care workforce and low minority student enrollment in health professions programs concern policy-makers and employers because it is essential to providing culturally competent care to the nation’s burgeoning minority communities.

“The John Boner Neighborhood Centers is excited to be partnering with the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences in this important work to expand health career opportunities for our near eastside neighbors,” said James Taylor, CEO of the John Boner Neighborhood Centers. “This effort supports key goals in our neighborhood’s quality-of-life plan and the recent 10-year designation of our neighborhood as a federally recognized Promise Zone known as IndyEast.” Read More

Join Us for a Free Screening of the Movie “Girl Rising”

IUPUI Office of Community Engagement, IUPUI Office for Women and Charles Schwab & Co is proud to bring IUPUI a Private Showing of the movie Girl Rising,an innovative film about the power of education to change a girl, and the world.

Join us, Monday October 12 at 6:00 pm, in the IUPUI Campus Center for the free screening of this powerful film by Academy Award-nominated director Richard E. Robbins. A panel presentation will follow the film at 7 p.m.

For more information, please contact Sara Griffin, 317-278-9170, samgrif@iupui.edu.

Social Networking and the Job Search

Source: National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE)
September 2, 2015

To view article, click HERE.

Students remain somewhat resistant to the idea of employers communicating with them through social media and reviewing their personal information online, according to results of NACE’s Class of 2015 Student Survey.

We Appreciate Your Feedback

Thank you for completing our recent short survey “Tell Us What’s Important to You When Searching for Candidates or Promoting Someone into Leadership.”

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IUPUI Staff:

Apply for the Staff Council Professional Development Grant

In 2014, the IUPUI Staff Council began awarding grants three times annually for staff to pursue professional development opportunities. Staff Council Professional Development Grants are open to all IUPUI staff members who contribute to the overall mission and success of the university.

The purpose of the Professional Development Grants program of the IUPUI Staff Council is to award recognition and financial support to individual staff members who engage in professional development activities which will enhance the status of and demonstrate the value of the entire staff at IUPUI.

Application deadlines to apply are August 1, December 1, and April 1, at 11:59 p.m. Click HERE for more information.

Is the Annual Performance Review Dead?

Is the Annual Performance Review Dead?

By Dana Wilkie, online editor/manager for SHRM,7/31/2015
To view article, go to shrm.org.

The announcement by several high-profile companies that they are getting rid of annual performance reviews has sparked a national dialogue among HR professionals about the usefulness of such appraisals-and the alternatives available for deciding who gets pay raises, bonuses and promotions.

In the minds of some in the HR profession, “the annual performance review is dead,” said Jim Barnett, CEO and co-founder of Glint, which sells a cloud-based employee engagement tool. “We’re in the early stages of a revolution,” he said. “A lot of companies are doing this … and I think over the next two years we’re going to see a profound shift in this area. Progressive HR leaders are realizing that they need continuous, real-time feedback and solutions.”

In all, 6 percent of Fortune 500 companies have gotten rid of rankings in favor or real-time feedback, including Accenture, Deloitte, Adobe, Gap, and Medtronic, according to CEB, a management research firm formerly known as the Corporate Executive Board. CEB research has found that more than 9 in 10 managers are dissatisfied with how their companies conduct annual performance reviews, and almost 9 in 10 HR leaders say the process doesn’t yield accurate information.  In addition, “they’re incredibly time-consuming,” said Rose Mueller-Hanson, HR practice leader at the CEB.

Furthermore, performance reviews “set up an uncomfortable dynamic between managers and employees in which one person is judge and jury for the other,” she said. “Recent neuroscience research shows that this dynamic can put employees on the defensive and actually result in worse performance—even for high-performers.”

More Frequent Check-Ins

Some companies that have stepped away from annual reviews are, in addition to taking other steps, encouraging more frequent manager-employee check-ins—quarterly, monthly or even weekly. This could be as simple as a short meeting or a coffee break. “Check-ins don’t have to be long affairs,” said Stephen Balzac, president of the organizational development firm 7 Steps Ahead. “With practice, they should become fairly smooth and quick.”

Said Barnett: “Think of it this way: A conversation is a lot less work than an essay. If you’re no longer providing ratings in, say, 30 areas, with multiple paragraphs explaining strengths and weaknesses and summarizing someone’s objectives for an entire year, then it’s about having a meaningful conversation in which you recognize accomplishment and strengths and discuss developmental areas.”

“If an organization removes some of the time-consuming administrative requirements of the performance review approach—setting complex goals, filling out review forms, multi-rater feedback—this will free up time for higher-value activities, like ongoing informal feedback,” she said.

Alternative Ways of Thinking

Below is advice for companies who are considering new ways to evaluate their employees:

1. Eliminate all checkboxes and numeric scales. “Performance is more complex than that,” he said. “A good system needs to highlight significant incidents, provide clear examples of positive and negative behaviors, and include specifics.”

2. Provide feedback on things the employee can change. Avoid talking about personality traits or characteristics they can’t change.

3. When giving negative feedback, focus on specific incidents and examples. Talk about your impressions and feelings, and never make judgments about what’s going on in the employee’s head, for instance, by saying: “You clearly don’t care about this project.”

4.Don’t set up your team members in competition with one another. “As soon as you do that, performance reviews are just an excuse to promote yourself and trash your teammates.”

5. Focus on strengths more than weaknesses. “Focusing on weakness sends the message ‘What’s wrong with you?’ Focusing on strength gets people excited and motivated to grow.

6. Don’t forget about intangible behaviors. “It’s hard to rate behaviors like helping a team member or boosting morale. Reviews need to be more holistic and find ways to take into account nonobvious team-building behaviors. The person who helps keep everyone else’s mood up when things are tough is appreciated, but not really noticed—until they’re gone.”

Human Resource Professionals

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IUPUI Preparation for the SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) and SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) Certification:

September 21 – December 7, 2015
IUPUI Park 100

Are you preparing for the SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) and SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) certification exam? This course covers the functional areas of HR management, including management practices, general employment practices, staffing, HR development, compensation and benefits, employee and labor relations, health safety and security. Enhance your skills and prepare for the SHRM-CP & SHRM-SCP exam.
Learn more and register

About IUPUI SHRM Certificate Intructor, Nina R. Perry (no photo available)

Nina R. Perry, SPHR, has 20 plus years of HR experience, extensive background in Indiana regulations and HR Generalist affairs, people strategy development, budgeting, benefit/compensation design and administration, recruitment and retention. Nina teaches the Preparation for the SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) and SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) Certification. She is committed to helping HR professionals earn their SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP certification.

Monthly Survey: Tell Us What’s Important To You When Searching for Candidates or Promoting Someone into Leadership

We Value Your Feedback

We use this monthly survey to learn from you and share your thoughts and ideas with our readers. Please complete a short survey and we’ll share the findings next month.

Click HERE to open the survey. Please complete the survey by Tuesday, September 1, 2015.

Upcoming Professional Development Classes:

Register now for August, September and October 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 expertise, 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.

ClickHEREfor 2015 fall class listing 

Click HERE to view the monthly calendar   

Choose From The Following Course Topics. Hurry! August and September Classes are Filling Quickly.

Business/HR:

Computers and Information Systems:

Health and Medical:

Language:

Personal Interest:

Project Management:

Test Preparation:

Coming Soon!

Business and Nonprofit executives and leaders who commit to continuous education are the most productive and in the highest demand.  Watch for more information later this month on these NEW Fall 2015 certificate programs, executive education series, and workshops.  Dates and Locations will be announced soon:

  • Transforming Managers into Leaders
  • The Leadership Challenge – What’s your Leadership Potential?
  • Team Dynamic Training for Small Businesses
  • Building Productivity through Teamwork
  • Branding Your Small Business
  • What’s YOUR Role in Your Organization’s Brand
  • Work on Purpose: Inspiration for Social Impact
  • Effective Management for Nonprofit Leaders
  • Effective Management for Business Leaders
  • Business Principles and Operations for New Leaders

If you want to be the first to know about these programs, email us at pdce@iupui.edu.

Professional Development Academy Coming Soon!

The NEW IUPUI Professional Development & Corporate Education Academy empowers today’s professionals and companies to compete in tomorrow’s economy. The Academy is designed to meet the most in-demand skill needs of Central Indiana employers. Learners engage in a series of related courses designed specifically for working professionals.

Stay tuned for the date and time of our NEW Professional Development Academy coming this fall.

Topics will include:

  • Transitioning Managers to Leaders
  • Building Strong Organizations and Teams
  • Branding Your Business
  • Communication That Works
  • Management For New Leaders

INSTRUCTORS SPOTLIGHT:

Prepare for the GRE and GMAT Tests With Cindy Buyden

IUPUI Professional Development and Corporate Education instructor, Cynthia Budyn Schaefer, MA has instructed over a dozen GRE and GMAT preparation courses since 2007 across various IUPUI departments and student demographics. Standardized test preparation complements her twelve-year-long career as an educator within academic, governmental, and nonprofit platforms. She currently serves as an adjunct faculty member within the IUPUI Communication Studies Department.

Register now for upcoming IUPUI GRE and GMAT preparation courses:

GRE: Refresher Course:
September 14 – October 19, 2015
IUPUI Park 100 Learning Center
GRE: Preparation Course with Tutoring Option:
October 26 – December 27, 2015
IUPUI Park 100 Learning Center   
Learn more and register   

 

Graduate school is calling and the GRE test is looming. If your test skills are rusty, sign up for this class. You’ll review the verbal, quantitative writing and analytical sections in class. With this kind of preparation, you’ll go to the head of the class.
GMAT: Refresher Course:
September 16 – October 21, 2015
IUPUI Park 100 Learning Center
Learn more and register

 

One of the tricks of the test-taking trade is to relax. You’ll do that more easily when you know what testing formats to expect, you’ve practiced test-taking strategies and reviewed the types of verbal and math questions you’ll encounter. If you’re applying to an MBA program, this review class can help you get ready for the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT).

COMMUNITY PARTNERS SPOTLIGHT:

Fundraiser Night With the Indiana Fever

On Sunday, August 23, 2015, the Indiana Fever and the Center for Victim and Human Rights (CVHR) are teaming up for a fun night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, against the New York Liberty at 6:00 pm. The CVHR will be honored as the Group of the Game, and there will be a presentation at half-court during halftime to raise funds for the CVHR.

By purchasing tickets to this event, you will:

  • Receive a food voucher good for one Free hot dog, bag of chips, and Pepsi product
  • Receive a Free Fever t-shirt
  • Be able to shoot a free throw on the main floor after the game

Tickets are $24.80 seated on the lower level. Deadline to purchase tickets is Thursday, August 20th, 2015.

For more information click HERE.

 

Welcome our new IUPUI Chancellor, Veteran IU leader Nasser Paydar

Source: IUPUI Newsroom

Nasser H. Paydar

The Indiana University Board of Trustees has confirmed the selection of Nasser H. Paydar, executive vice chancellor and chief academic officer at IUPUI, as the next chancellor of IUPUI.

Paydar, whose appointment will begin Aug. 16, succeeds Charles R. Bantz, who retires as chancellor after 12 years in the position.

Paydar, who will become IUPUI’s fifth chancellor, has been an IU faculty member for nearly 30 years and has held various administrative and executive leadership positions since he joined IUPUI in 1985 as an assistant professor of mechanical engineering. He has been executive vice chancellor since 2012; he served as vice chancellor and dean of IUPUC from 2004 to 2007 and as chancellor at IU East in Richmond from 2007 to 2012.

“As chancellor, I look forward to building on the momentum we have established at IUPUI and developing and implementing IUPUI’s long-term vision, built on the success of our students, to fulfill the campus’s commitment to Indiana and beyond,” Paydar said. Read More

Goodbye Chancellor Bantz!

Charles R. Bantz, who will be taking a one-year leave before returning to IUPUI as a member of the faculty, guided IUPUI through a period of growth and unprecedented student success during his tenure as chancellor. Under his leadership, the campus significantly increased the number of degrees awarded, launched a number of new 21st-century academic programs and oversaw construction of new campus facilities, including the Campus Center and buildings for research, teaching and student housing. He and his wife, Sandra Petronio, together formed the IUPUI Center for Translating Research Into Practice.

Charles R. Bantz

 Over his twelve-year tenure as Chancellor, Charles Bantz has been a champion of IUPUI’s community engagement, for which the campus has received  numerous awards and recognitions including the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching’s Community Engagement Classification.

 IUPUI established the Charles R. Bantz Chancellor’s Community Fellowship in recognition of his support and advancement of the campus’s community engagement.  The Chancellor’s Community Fellowships will continue Bantz’s advancement of community engagement by supporting collaborative teams to address important community issues. It will support team members comprised of an IUPUI faculty member, undergraduate student, graduate student and a leader of a community organization, working collaboratively to address a challenge, opportunity or issue facing an Indianapolis non-profit.

 Consider making a contribution to the fund to honor the work of Charles Bantz.  Commitment and pledges to the fellowship can be made now through December 31, 2019.

 Click HERE for more information and to make a contribution.

Employee Job Satisfaction and Engagement

This report represents the findings from the SHRM Employee Job Satisfaction and Engagement Survey of 600 U.S. employees, conducted in November 2014. The purpose of the annual employee survey is to identify factors that influence overall employee satisfaction and engagement in the workplace. This information will provide insight on employee preferences and highlight key areas for organizations to consider as they develop and enhance initiatives for organizational improvement.

One of the contributors of employee job satisfaction rated in this survey is Career Development.

 


Career Development

Career development provides opportunities that can be mutually beneficial for both employees and employers. Employees who partake in job training, continuing education and other types of professional development can refine and acquire new skill sets that could help advance their career. In addition, a more knowledgeable staff may translate into various advantages for employers. Preparing employees to better handle tasks and be successful in their roles helps organizations become more effective and efficient. For example, employee cross-training could mitigate productivity loss while backfilling a position.

Incorporating learning opportunities into employees’ career development plans help mitigate the skills gap predicted for the future workforce. In addition, expanding employees’ talents can help prevent interruption in operations due to lack of skilled workers.

Organization’s commitment to professional development
Expanding and improving employees’ skills and knowledge through professional development helps them master their duties and responsibilities in their current role. Professional development can encompass various learning opportunities, such as formal and informal training and attainment of certifications or degrees. Organizations that dedicate a portion of their budget to professional development send a message that they invest in their employees. Additional benefits of professional development include personal development and greater opportunities for career advancement. Forty-two percent of employees rated this aspect as “very important” to job satisfaction, and more than one-half (54%) reported being satisfied with their organization’s commitment to professional development.

About two-thirds (65%) of organizations indicated they think professional and career development will become more important when recruiting highly skilled employees in the next three to five years. Employees are more likely to feel engaged in their jobs when they feel that their employer is invested in growing their careers. Read More

We Appreciate Your Feedback

Thank you for completing our recent short survey “How Does Your Organization Invest In Your Professional Development?”

Here’s what you told us:

  1. Your organization invests in your professional development by:
    • 88% Time to attend external conferences, workshops, and seminars
    • 50% On-site professional and/or skills development training
    • 25% Leadership Opportunities
    • 13% Career counseling or planning services
    • 13% Mentoring and coaching
  2. You are interested in learning more or strengthening skills in these top five areas:
  1. Leadership Development
  2. Project Management
  3. Organizational Planning
  4. Marketing, Promotion, or Communication
  5. Computer Technology

Upcoming Professional Development Classes:

Register now for July, August, and September 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.

ClickHEREfor 2015 spring/summer class listing 

Click HERE to view the calendar   

Choose from the following classes: 

 

July

August

September

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Review for the Civil Professional Engineers Exam

August 11 – October 6, 2015

IUPUI Park 100 Learning Center

Various instructors, all specialists in pertinent areas of civil engineering, will teach this review course for civil engineers planning to take the Indiana Examination for Professional Engineers. Topics include material covered in the exam and test-taking strategies.

Learn more and to register

 

Veterinary Assistant Certificate

August 18 – December 3, 2015

IUPUI Park 100 Learning Center

Instructor: Noahs Animal Hospitals
Prepare to become a productive member of a veterinary team. This program is designed for entry level candidates seeking employment at a veterinary hospital and for those already working in positions where they are responsible for animal health and well-being. The 56 hour program includes in-classroom discussions and a direct hands-on externship at one of Noah’s Animal Hospital locations. Learn more and to register

INSTRUCTORS SPOTLIGHT:

Congratulations to Dave Maynard Named PM’s Member of the Month
Our Project Management Professional (PMP©) Exam Preparation instructor, Dave Maynard, MBA, was recognized this month on projectmanagement.com. Projectmanagement.com is an online global community that provides help and resources to project managers in a number of ways.In this article, Dave is introduced as a native New Yorker who after graduation from engineering school from the State University of New York, traveled to Houston to work for NASA at the Johnson Spacecraft Center. In addition to teaching for IUPUI Professional Development and Corporate Education, he volunteers for the Project Management Institute (PMI) in various capacities, and is active in the PMI-Northeast Indiana Chapter, who recently announced the David Arthur Maynard Scholarship Program. In the question-response section, Dave expresses how he got involved in project management, what inspires him, and more. Read More

David Maynard will be teaching two Project Management Professional (PMP©) Exam Preparation classes at IUPUI Professional Development and Corporate Education this Fall 2015.

About IUPUI Medical Coding Intructor, Shelly Crider (no photo available) 

Shelly Crider has been an IUPUI Medical Coding Instructor since 2011. As the Front Office Manager for Windrose Health Network, she oversees billing, ICD9, and CPT coding. Shelly earned her B.S. in Education from Purdue and her M.S. in Adult Education from Indiana University. She also has a Certified Healthcare Emergency Professional (CHEP) certification from the National Association of State Administrators and Supervisors of Private Schools (NASASPS) in Management/Leadership.

Online ICD-10 CM & PCS Medical Coding

August 31 – December 13, 2015
Online

This 15 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. Learn more and to register

 

In the next column are two upcoming online medical coding classes taught by Shelly Crider:

Online CPT/HCPCS Medical Billing & Coding

August 31 – December 13, 2015 

Online
This 15-week course introduces the basics of Current Procedural Terminology (CPT). Coding procedures in the hospital and physician office settings is essential for accounts receivable. This course will show students how to make the best coding decisions. Learn more and to register

COMMUNITY PARTNERS SPOTLIGHT:

7th Annual CoburnFest at the Lucas Estate
On September 12, 2015, the Lucas Estate owned by Charlotte and Forrest Lucas will be the location of the 7th Annual CoburnFest held by Coburn Place Safe Haven. Spend an evening under the stars, explore the grounds, dance to music, get your shop on, eat and drink at the gorgeous estate located on 33 acres.The ticket price of $135 empowers victims of intimate partner abuse to live as survivors by providing life-changing support. More than 1600 adults and children have been helped since 1996. There are more on the waiting list every day needing support.The time of the event is 7-11 p.m., and the Lucas Estate is located at 1143 West 116th Street, Carmel, IN 46032.Click HERE for more information. Click HERE to purchase tickets online.

Indy BackPack Attack School Supply Drive

Since 1999, Indy BackPack Attack has formed a strategic community collaboration with Central Indiana organizations and businesses and has made it a mission to collect school supplies to provide children the tools they need to succeed in school.

It’s not too late to join the 2015 drive! 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: www.indybackpackattack.org or call 317-554-8229, Indy BackPack Attack Coordinator, Ashley Perry.

 

Community members can donate to Indy BackPack Attack at the following events:

  • August 2, 2015 is BackPack Attack Night presented by Indiana Members Credit Union at the Indiana Fever game vs. the Connecticut Sun. Before the game begins at 6 pm, fans can bring school supply donations to Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Fans who donation will receive a voucher for a free drink during the game!
  • Between now and July 17, 2015, the Indianapolis Zoo is offering $2 off admission with donated supplies for Indy BackPack Attack!

Apply for SPEA Capstone Team or Kelley Indianapolis I-Core Team:

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 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.

 
If you are interested in applying to host a SPEA Capstone Team or Kelley Indianapolis I-Core Team in the fall, contact:Teresa A. Bennett, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Community EngagementIUPUI Office of Community Engagement317 278-9173tkbennet@iupui.edu

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

The Indiana University Kelley School of Business Indianapolisinvites 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.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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, tkbennet@iupui.edu, or

Sara Griffin, Assistant Director for Outreach and Corporate Education, 317-278-9170, samgrif@iupui.edu

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.

Sincerely,

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.

ClickHEREfor 2015 spring/summer class listing 

Click HERE to view the calendar

Choose from the following classes:

June

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.

INSTRUCTOR SPOTLIGHT

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.

COMMUNITY PARTNERS SPOTLIGHT:

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:  www.indybackpackattack.org 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

tkbennet@iupui.edu

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

The Indiana University Kelley School of Business Indianapolisinvites 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

tkbennet@iupui.edu

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.

Sincerely,

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.

ClickHEREfor 2015 spring/summer class listing

Click HERE to view the calendar   

Choose from the following May and June 2015 classes: 

May

June

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 

Online

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  

Online

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

INSTRUCTOR SPOTLIGHT:

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

Online

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

COMMUNITY PARTNERS SPOTLIGHT:

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.

 

OTHER NEWS:

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.

UPCOMING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT CLASSES:

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: 

April

May 

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

INSTRUCTOR SPOTLIGHT:

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

COMMUNITY PARTNER SPOTLIGHT:

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.

OTHER NEWS:

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.

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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)

tkbennet@iupui.edu

Silvia Garcia,

Research & Evaluation Specialist

317-274-0559 (direct)

sigarcia@iupui.edu

Connie Anoskey,

Assistant Business Manager

317-278-9172 (direct)

anoskeyc@iupui.edu

Teresa Francis,

Communication Assistant

317-274-9430 (direct)

tfrancis@iupui.edu

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 www.cln.iupui.edu.

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

COMMUNITY PARTNER SPOTLIGHTS:

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

INDUSTRY PARTNER SPOTLIGHT:

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.

STUDENT SPOTLIGHTS:

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 CenterVenture 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 Dentistrypre-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) (www.thecn.com).  The interns also assisted with software development, security management, software testing, and development of multi-media.

All Interns at work
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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) (thecn.com) 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 jagjobs.org.

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 OVCR@iupui.edu.

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 jagjobs.org 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 HealthNetPeople’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 itec@iupui.edu.

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.

Methodology

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 solution@iupui.edu 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.
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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 JagJobs.org 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.com. 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 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

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”

 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:

  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 IUPUITalent.net, 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

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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: defergus@iupui.edu

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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