Thursday, January 21, 2010

Awards: Graduate Student Scarlett Brooks Wins MLK Jr. Essay Competition

The University Graduate School would like to congratulate English graduate student Scarlett Brooks for her first-place win in the graduate student category of the 2010 MLK Jr. Essay Competition.  She shared her winning essay with attendees  of the 2010 Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Breakfast on Monday, January 18, 2010 at Alumni Hall. Essay competitors were asked to reflect upon th e2009 MLK Jr. Lecture and if they, or anyone they admire, answered Dr. King's call to act upon a cause relevant to their own generation. 

Read the call for essays.

IDS: Playing ‘for the wonder of it all’

Members of the "No Repeats Bassoon Quartet," Bobby Phililps, Zach Hague, Nathan Daniels and Laura Bennett Cameron will be competing at the Be The Wonder competition in Febuary. The members are graduate students at the Jacobs School of Music. (Sevil Mahfoozi, Courtesy photo)
If you’ve never heard a bassoon quartet, you might want to perk up.

Four Jacobs School of Music graduate students play the double reed instrument in the No Repeats Bassoon Quartet.

This spring, the recently-formed quartet has taken on the challenge to create a unique version of the Foxwoods Resort Casino’s “The Wonder of it All” jingle.

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(By Alyssa Goldman: IDS: 1/20/2010)

IU News: Indiana University sets spring enrollment records

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Spring semester enrollment at Indiana University Bloomington has topped 40,000 for the first time, and the campus continues to set records for minority and international students.
Spring enrollment at IU Bloomington increased by 1,612 students, or 4.2 percent, from the spring semester of 2009, with the biggest increase coming from graduate students...

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(IU News: 1/21/2010)

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Campus Instructional Consulting: Workshops

Registration is not required for any of these workshops EXCEPT for the Master Class on February 4.  If you have a disability or need assistance, arrangements can be made to accommodate most needs.  Please call 855-9023.

Statements of Teaching Philosophy: Critical Reflection About Teaching Practice 
Fri, Jan 22, 2:30 - 4:00 pm
Ballantine Hall 228
In this workshop for graduate students, Katie Kearns and Tiffani Saunders share strategies for reflecting on teaching as well as information about the qualities of effective statements of teaching philosophy. Participants read and analyze several statements and receive reflection guides for getting started.

Teaching Portfolios: Documenting and Reflecting on Teaching Practice 
Fri, Jan 29, 2:30 - 4:30 pm
Ballantine Hall 228
This workshop for graduate students is a follow-up to the “Statements of Teaching Philosophy: Critical Reflection About Teaching Practice.”  Katie Kearns and Tiffani Saunders share strategies for reflecting on teaching through a teaching portfolio and about how to document, organize, and present evidence of teaching effectiveness.  Participants have an opportunity to view sample teaching portfolios during the workshop.

Master Class for Graduate Students
Thurs, Feb 4, 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Registration required by Jan 29:
Observe graduate student Lauren Miller Griffith as she leads students in small group discussion in her 300-level Laboratory in Ethnographic Methods class of 20 students. Afterwards meet with her to discuss what she did in the classroom and why.  Limited space available, registration required: 

Working Session: Feedback on Teaching Statements and Portfolios 
Fri, Feb 5, 2:30 - 4:00 pm
Ballantine Hall 228
Graduate students work in small peer groups facilitated by writing tutors to receive feedback on their teaching statements and portfolios.  Participants should bring two copies of their work to this workshop.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Science Cafe: A Sustainable Consumer Culture? Is that Possible?

Thursday, January 21, 2010
Presented by Dr. Richard Wilk, IU Department of Anthropology

All Science Cafes are held at BORDERS in the Seattle's Best Cafe, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.

We live on a planet where there are simply not enough resources for everyone to enjoy the consumer lifestyle of prosperous Americans. Is it possible to lower our impact on the environment, becoming green consumers, so we can continue to enjoy our comforts without destroying the planet at the same time? Many people argue that it should be up to individuals to make the right choices, and that free markets are the best way to promote sustainability. I will talk about experiences with 'green consumerism' in Europe and the USA, and open up a discussion of what other kinds of options might be open to us.

For more information visit

The Bloomington Science Cafe is sponsored by The University Graduate School. 

IDS: School of Music students sweep Met Auditions

Laura Wilde sings an aria from the opera "Little Women" Saturday at the Metropolitan Opera Tri-State Regional Auditions. Wilde will represent the Jacob School of music at the next set of auditions in March. Courtesy Photo.

Indiana University once again proved it’s music program is among the best in the country when three Jacobs School of Music students received honors at the Metropolitan Opera National Council Tri-State Auditions.

Laura Wilde, a graduate student and soprano, won the top honor. As the semi-finalist, Wilde received $2,000 and an all-expense-paid trip to New York City in March for the MET National Semifinals, where one-to-two singers from 15 different regions will

(By Margaret Ely: IDS: 1/19/2010)

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HHE: Statehouse Report 3


During a short legislative session, the pace is very fast. Bills are being heard in committees and on the floor of the House and Senate while bills are being introduced. It is a challenging time for the State Relations Team as we try to review bills being introduced while monitoring and working on bills that are moving in the process.

Much to our relief, all bills have now been introduced, and the total of about 800 is less than the typical 900-1,000 introduced during a short legislative session. We have completed an initial review of all of these bills and have identified 100 bills requiring further review by our expert reviewers. With this initial process out of the way, we will spend all of our time the remainder of the session monitoring and working on key bills that directly or indirectly impact Indiana University.

The following are examples of some of the bills introduced this week that we will be monitoring:

House Bills:

1184: Requires each high school to offer a number of dual credit and advanced placement courses sufficient to allow a student who qualifies to enroll in the courses to complete at least one year of college credit.

1304: Allows a university police officer to exercise the powers granted to any police officer beyond the boundaries of a campus if approved by the educational institution.

1306: Requires all state educational institutions to accept certain dual credit courses that are successfully completed by a high school student.

1365: Prohibits a university from charging a student tuition or fees for a college course or test that the student completes in order to obtain a core 40 diploma.

Senate Bills:

095: Prohibits smoking in public places.

230: Provides that if a public agency provides notice of public meetings by electronic mail, it shall also give public notice by electronic mail to any person (excluding news media) who annually requests notice of meetings.

257: Requires the Indiana Commission for Higher Education to review proposed university facility projects (currently ICHE does so at the request of the State Budget Agency).

374: Requires the Indiana Office of Energy Development to establish a program for making four demonstration grants (one to a university) to encourage energy efficient construction or rehabilitation.

Looking ahead to next week, we expect committees to be very active in hearing bills, despite the shorter week due to the Martin Luther King holiday. As more bills are heard in committee, more bills will be sent to the floor of the Senate and House for second and third readings.

Media Contact:
Jeff Linder
Associate VP for Public Affairs and Government Relations

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(HHE: 1/19/2010)