Friday, January 29, 2010

IDS: SoFA gallery set for student shows

Similar yet different – sculpture, photography, digital art and printmaking meet at the School of Fine Arts Gallery in “IU School of Fine Arts Student Shows 2.”

The art, on display since Tuesday, will be celebrated with an opening reception 7 to 9 p.m. Friday.

Work by IU Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Fine Arts students in four different artistic areas will be on display from 12  to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday in the SOFA Gallery through Feb. 6.

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(IDS News: 1/28/2010)

IDS: Students removed from work-study positions at Waldron

Gallery Director Hannah Carmichael and three other graduate students were pulled from their assistantships at the John Waldron Arts Center.

Carmichael retained her position through her work-study when the Waldron layoffs were announced Wednesday. As a work-study assistant, 90% of her financing comes from the school and not the Bloomington Area Arts Council, she said. However, IU decided the position was too stressful for the students to maintain their positions there.

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(IDS News: 1/12/2010)

IUPUI "MasterPlan" web site keeps students informed about parking, construction

The Office of Communications and Marketing recently launched a new Web site to keep people informed of campus construction projects, traffic alerts, parking alerts and other related situations.

The site is located at To access the site, go to, click on About IUPUI, and select Maps & Directions. Campus Construction is listed in the left navigation.

Construction-related updates, and traffic alerts, are published to the Master Plan site, to Twitter ( and RSS feeds.

Updates can also be found on these high-traffic IUPUI pages:

    * Current Students (
    * Campus Maps (
    * OneStart (coming soon)

The page is also available through the IUPUI search engine (try these keywords: construction, parking, master plan, buildings, etc) and will appear on the site index.

To submit construction news that isn’t on the Web Site, please e-mail Jennifer Boehm at

IU Kokomo launces new web site

Kokomo, Ind.–Indiana University Kokomo has launched a new and improved Web site,, featuring easier navigation, online video, vibrant flash images, and social media integration...
Indiana University Kokomo serves a seven county, primary service area in north central Indiana. The campus offers more than 40 academic programs including four graduate degrees.

(IUK News: 1/21/2010)

Indiana University announces winners of “Celebrate IU” student video contest

The University Graduate School would like to congratulate IUPUI graduate student Prathik Gadde who won second place and $200 for his video ( about the culture, tradition, passion and accomplishments at IU’s eight campuses.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

IU Bloomington libraries named top in the country

Wells Library.  Photo courtesy of IU Libraries

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The Indiana University Bloomington Libraries have been recognized by peers as the top university library in the country, a national library association announced Tuesday, Jan. 26.

The Association of College and Research Libraries yesterday named the IU Bloomington Libraries winner of its Excellence in Academic Libraries Award in the university division. The annual award recognizes the accomplishments of librarians and other library staff who work together to support the mission of their institution.

IU will receive $3,000 from sponsor YBP Library Services and will celebrate with a public reception this spring, at which the president of the library association will make a presentation.

"Receiving this honor is a testament to the dedication and hard work of our librarians and staff at every level," said Carolyn Walters, interim Ruth Lilly Dean of University Libraries. "At a time when the nature of libraries is changing so swiftly and dramatically, this award is welcome recognition that we are not only responding to these changes in a positive way, but also leading by example."

IU has been at the forefront of projects that range from digitizing books to supporting instruction by providing easier access to online journals. In January, the university received $2.38 million from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for a library-led project to create software to manage the complex transactions of acquiring and tracking library materials. Librarians are helping faculty members publish online journals not only to provide broad or "open" access to those journals but also to provide faculty the flexibility to achieve their own scholarly goals.

"The IU Libraries excel in performing the vital function of assisting our faculty, students, staff and citizens of the state of Indiana in their pursuit of knowledge," said Provost and Executive Vice President Karen Hanson. "This award confirms what the university community has long known -- that our libraries are among the nation's best."

An accomplished team of librarians select, manage and grow Bloomington's research collections, which include more than 6.6 million books and materials in more than 350 languages. The materials support every academic discipline on the Bloomington campus, with an emphasis in the humanities and social sciences. Collections also include journals, maps, films and sound recordings. Users can access more than 692 databases, 60,315 electronic journals and 816,255 electronic books, as well as locally developed digital content.

The Association of College Libraries, a division of the American Library Association, is a professional association of more than 12,000 academic librarians and other interested individuals. For more information, see

(IU News: 1/26/2020) 

Media Contact: Eric Bartheld, Indiana University Bloomington Libraries, 812-856-4817

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

IDS: Maurer School of Law, University Graduate School both see increase in applications

As the recession continues to restructure the job market, more and more people are fleeing to academic institutions as a safe-haven to ride out the economic uncertainty.

Graduate programs nationwide have experienced an influx in applications this year, with IU Maurer School of Law topping the charts at a 30 percent increase.

“More people are deciding to go to law school,” said Frank Motley, assistant dean of admissions for the Maurer School. “The economy is obviously a major influence –  if there were more jobs available out of school, then that is where people would be.”

IU University Graduate School also saw a rise in applications in nearly all graduate programs this year, said Dean of the IU University Graduate School James Wimbush.

“Many people who are out of work or unemployed find that going to graduate school and waiting for the job market to improve, while at the same time gaining new skills, is a viable alternative,” he said.

With more applications across the board, competitiveness for IU graduate programs is increasing as well.

“The greater the applicant pool, the better able we are in terms of selectivity,” Wimbush said.

(By Molly Johnson: IDS: 1/26/2010)

Read the article at the IDS.