Friday, January 15, 2010

"Not A Retreat But A Forward": AGEP Effective Communication Workshop

The 2009-2010 AGEP "Not a Retreat But a Forward" workshop will be held on Saturday, January 16th from 10:00am to 4:00pm at the Indiana Memorial Union (IMU) in the Oak Room. This year's topic focuses on Effective Communication. We invite all STEM and SBES graduate students from both IU Bloomington and IUPUI to attend this workshop. This is a great opportunity to learn how to not only improve your communication skills for daily life, but also for improving your negotiation and persuasion techniques used when presenting your research. Transportation from IUPUI to Bloomington will be provided. Lunch will be on your own at the many eateries within the IMU.

Please RSVP through the following link:

Thank you for taking advantage of the many wonderful oppotunities that are offered to you through AGEP and IU. We look forward to your participation!

In the news:

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, AGEP will hold this year’s workshop – which focuses on effective communication – in the Oak Room at the Indiana Memorial Union.

According to its Web site, AGEP is a national science foundation that focuses on increasing the number of underrepresented minorities and U.S. citizens who obtain graduate degrees in science, technology, engineering and math.  (By Danielle RindlerIDS: 1/14/2010)

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HHE: Monroe County Legislative Breakfast

The Monroe County Chapter of the Indiana University Alumni Association and Hoosiers for Higher Education invite you to attend the 2010 Legislative Breakfast. Area legislators Eric Koch, Matt Pierce, Vi Simpson and Peggy Welch will share their views on the 117th “short” session of the General Assembly followed by a Q&A with the audience. Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education Kurt Zorn will moderate the discussion.

Friday, Jan. 22
7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.
DeVault Alumni Center, 1000 E. 17th St., Bloomington, IN 47408


Contact , IU Alumni Association, 812-855-4958.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

IU: How to help Haiti

IU Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies collection site for Haiti relief items


Jan. 14, 2009

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Late Tuesday afternoon, Haiti was struck by a 7.0-magnitude earthquake, causing widespread damage and thousands of deaths and injuries. The quake was centered about 10 miles west of Port-au-Prince, the capital city.

Indiana University's Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) has announced that while monetary donations to reputable organizations will be of greatest help during the initial period of trauma relief, CLACS will serve as a collection site for Haiti relief items.  (IU News: 1/14/2010)

Read full article for complete information on how to contribute to the relief effort.

Update from the office of sustainability:

We’d like to pass along these opportunities to support earthquake relief efforts in Haiti:
  • Text "Yele" to 501501 to donate $5 to Wyclef Jean’s organization (
  • Text "HAITI" to 90999 to donate $10 to the Red Cross Int'l Response Fund (
  • Visit one of the following sites to donate:

Grad student workshop: Statements of teaching philosophy: Critical reflection about teaching practice

Campus Instructional Consulting presents..

Statements of teaching philosophy: Critical reflection about teaching practice

Friday, January 22, 2010
2:30-4:00 pm
Ballantine Hall 228

Preparation of a statement of teaching philosophy and teaching portfolio can encourage thoughtful and critical reflection about teaching practice.  Graduate students who prepare these materials have an opportunity to improve their teaching practice and their students’ learning and will be well prepared to demonstrate their teaching credentials for academic positions.  Graduate students at early stages in their programs are highly encouraged to attend the workshop.  It is never too early to develop reflective and evidence-based teaching practices, nor is it too early to start collecting the documentation of teaching needed to support academic job applications.

Katie Kearns and Tiffani Saunders will share strategies for reflecting on teaching as well as information about the qualities of effective statements of teaching philosophy.  During the workshop, participants will read and analyze several statements and will receive reflection guides for getting started.

Registration is not required to attend this workshop.

If you have a disability or need assistance, arrangements can be made to accommodate most needs. Please call 855-9023.

Campus Instructional Consulting
Franklin 004

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

SoFA Gallery springs into semester with MFA student work

Grad student Stephanie Fenstermaker gets help from fellow grad student Steph Watters for arranging her graphic design display for the MFA Exhibit Monday at the SoFA Gallery. The MFA Exhibit opens today and features work from several MFA students in a variety of mediums.  (By Danielle Rindler: IDS News: 1/11/2010)

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Library Research Seminars for Faculty and Graduate Students

This Spring, the Reference Services Department is offering free seminars designed to help you learn new skills, explore the library’s services, and find the best resources for your research.   Register now at

Getting Ready for Research: An Intro to the IU Libraries for New Faculty, Post-Docs, and Grad Students
This seminar is designed to introduce new faculty, post docs, and grad students to IU Libraries' resources and services. Important databases, useful services, and selected online resources will be featured.

Save & Share Your Favorite Web Pages: Web 2.0 & Social Bookmarking Tools:
Have you ever found a great web page and then had trouble finding it again or worse you could not find the web page again? Would you like to easily share web pages with your friends, colleagues or students? This workshop will show you how you can save important web pages and  easily find them again using Web 2.0 tools. We will cover tools such as Delicious, Google bookmarks and Diigo. We will also cover essential web 2.0 tools for collaboration and project management.

Research Refresher: Making the Most of Electronic Resources
Find out about ways to identify the appropriate journals and databases for your field of study. Improve your electronic research skills and develop your familiarity with specific databases which are of interest to researchers in a range of disciplines. We will look at some of the major journal databases as well as some of the less well-known ones. Built in to the seminar will be time to practice and ask questions about particular problems and issues.

Copyright 101 for Authors

Did you know that you have rights as an author? Do you know what rights you have and how to protect those rights? This workshop will cover the basics of copyright law for authors and discuss how to protect and manage your rights. We’ll also look at some licensing agreements including creative commons licensing. (Please note: The information provided in this workshop is not legal advice and is not meant to substitute for professional legal counsel.)

Researching 18th-Century Literature: Internet Resources

Nowadays, a wide range of reputable scholarly resources are available via the Internet. This seminar aims to introduce researchers of 18th-century literature to important Internet resources in their field. Particular attention will be paid to bibliographic resources and electronic full text pertaining to Anglo-American and West European literatures. All of the resources covered in this seminar are from reputable sources, and all are freely available without subscription.

Introduction to the E-Korean Studies Database

This is an introduction session to demonstrate how to access and search the eleven databases included in E-Korean Studies.

Register for these seminars and see complete listings of our Spring Research Seminars for faculty and graduate students at   A calendar of currently scheduled Seminars is available here:

Monday, January 11, 2010

GPSO openings for 2010-2011 officers

The Graduate and Professional Student Organization (GPSO) invites members of the graduate and professional student community to run for its officer positions for the 2010-2011 academic year.

The GPSO President receives a tuition remission, health insurance and salary for the 10-11 academic year and the summer of 2010. This position is contracted for 20 hours a week as a Student Academic Appointee (SAA). The GPSO Vice President, Treasurer, Parliamentarian and Liaison receive salaries for the academic year. These positions require 5-10 hours a week. These five positions are the voting members of the GPSO Executive Committee. Please find more detailed descriptions about these positions from the GPSO Constitution at the bottom of this e-mail.

The new officers begin their terms on May 1, 2010 and end their terms on April 30, 2011. Please only consider running if you know for certain that you will be in Bloomington during that period of time and that you can and will serve the full term. The GPSO Assembly will elect new officers on Friday, February 5 at 3:30 in the Fine Arts Auditorium, next to IU Auditorium.

The GPSO will accept self-nominations and nominations for these positions up until the actual election. There are limited possibilities for campaigning, but we can circulate statements, proposals, or other literature to members of the Assembly prior to the elections.

More information about the GPSO can be found at

If you have any questions, please contact Angela at or Nick at

Nick Clark
GPSO President

For descriptions of position responsibilities, see the GPSO Constitution, Article IV, Sections 6-10

Opera (graduate) students move one step closer to Met

Soprano Jacqueline Brecheen sings during the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions Saturday. Brecheen was one of five winners chosen that will go on to compete with winners from two other states this Saturday. (IDS News: 1/11/2010)

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Professor murdered, mourned

[Photo credit: Alex Benson | IDS]  Memorial attendees light candles at the New Year's Day vigil on the Bloomington Square to honor IU assistant professor Don Belton, who was killed in his home allegedly by Michael James Griffin on Dec. 27. A second memorial is planned for 5 p.m. Jan. 15 at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Bloomington. (IDS News: 1/11/2010)

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