Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Wells Fellowship goes to an ELPS student for second consecutive year

The University Graduate School would like to congratulate the 2010-11 Wells Graduate Fellowship recipient Oren Pizmony-Levy.  

For the second straight year, a student from the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies (ELPS) department in the IU School of Education has won the prestigious Wells Graduate Fellowship. Oren Pizmony-Levy has received the fellowship for 2010-2011. Pizmony-Levy is a double major in Education Policy Studies and Sociology.

The award carries the name of Herman B. Wells, IU president for 25 years and then Univeristy Chancellor until his death in 2000. In his estate, Wells provided for an annual graduate fellowship. The fellowship will be awarded each year to students who demonstrate the qualities for which Chancellor Wells was renowned: leadership abilities, academic excellence, character, social consciousness, and generosity of spirit.

This is the second straight year an ELPS graduate student has claimed the award. Payal Shah, a comparative education PhD candidate in policy studies, was the recipient for the 2009-2010 school year.


IUPUI Receives Presidential Community Service Award

IUPUI has been named to the 2009 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement...

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(IUPUI News: 3/3/2010)

IDS: Lilly Library houses a world of history

Courtesy of Indiana University.

A woman polishes the silver metal handle of a locked brown padded door. Meanwhile, visitors peer through glass cases, coming closer than they might ever be to the likes of Thomas Jefferson, William Shakespeare, Charles Darwin, Christopher Columbus and Sylvia Plath.

That is, until they walk through that door.

The Lilly Library is home to more than 400,000 books, 130,000 pieces of sheet music and approximately 7 million manuscripts.

From the first printing of the Declaration of Independence to an extensive small book collection, students can access it all for nothing more than a photo ID...

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(By Danielle Rindler and Biz Carson: IDS: 3/3/2010)

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Statehouse Report 9: Moving to Conference Committees this week

March 1, 2010

It was very busy last week in both the House and Senate chambers with a large number of bills being considered for second and third reading on the floors of the Senate and House. The deadline for third reading was reached and any bill not passing third reading is dead, although its contents are eligible for insertion into another bill during the conference committee process as described below.

The following is an update on bills that we have been monitoring and working on:

HB 1001: The bill deals with legislative ethics and lobbying reform and would require state and university employees that spend 10 percent or more of their time performing "legislative liaison" activities to begin reporting certain expenses to the Indiana Lobby Registration Commission. The bill passed the Senate.

HB 1063: The bill, which requires that government buildings, including university buildings to meet LEED or other energy efficient standards, was not called down on second reading and thus died. However, since the bill passed the House, it is eligible for insertion into another bill during conference committee.

HB 1086: The bill, which had included a provision requiring extensive reporting of state agency and university financial transactions, was amended to delete this requirement for universities.

HB 1135: The bill, which requires universities to accept credit for AP coursework in which the student scores a 3 on the AP exam, passed the Senate as an elective, but not for courses in the students major. The bill is now subject to the conference committee process.

HB 1297: The bill makes changes in the university bonding procedures. The bill passed the Senate and is now subject to a decision by the House author on whether to accept changes made by the Senate or subject the bill to conference committee process.

HB 1365: The bill, which was amended in committee to affirm that higher education institutions may charge tuition for dual credit courses, was not called down on second reading. Once again, however, since the bill passed the House, it is eligible for insertion into another bill during the conference committee process.

SB 84: The bill requires state colleges and universities to make certain research resources available to legislators and legislative staff. It also requests that the Legislative Services Agency (LSA) in conjunction with the IU School of Law-Indianapolis study the establishment of a research and policy division with LSA. The bill passed the Senate and is awaiting signature or veto by the Governor.

SB 257: The bill, which includes a provision that permits a state college or university that offers dual credit courses to be accredited by either National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP) or approval by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education, passed the Senate and awaits the Governor's signature or veto.

Looking ahead to next week, the General Assembly intends to adjourn the session by week's end. To do so, all bills will have to complete final legislative consideration. If a bill passes the second chamber without amendment, it is sent straight to the Governor for his consideration, and he can decide to sign, veto or permit the bill to become law without formal action on his part. For a bill amended in the second Chamber, the author can either "consent" to the changes made by the bill sponsor or "dissent." If the author consents, a concurrence motion is filed and a final vote taken on the bill. If the author dissents, the bill is subject to the conference committee process whereby differences between the two versions passed by each chamber are ironed out by a small committee of legislators and if agreement can be reached, a final vote in each chamber is taken on a conference committee report.

We expect it to be a very busy week and are very hopeful that the General Assembly's goal of completing the session a week early can be achieved. 

This report has been brought to you by the Indiana University Office of Government Relations with editorial and technical support from the Office of the Vice President for Public Affairs and Government Relations.
Please contact IU Government Relations via e-mail at or by phone at 317.681.1776 if you have comments, questions, or suggestions for improvement.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Eight academic buildings to join the IU Energy Challenge

Courtesy of Indiana University.

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The third annual IU Energy Challenge, set to take place March 25-April 22, 2010, is expanding dramatically. The competition to save energy and water began in 2008 with 10 residence halls competing; in 2009, 18 Greek houses joined the mix. This year all 11 residence halls, 26 Greek houses and eight academic buildings will participate.

The eight buildings to pilot the academic portion of the Energy Challenge include: Chemistry, Geological Sciences and Survey, Jordan Hall, the Business Building, Myers Hall, Simon Hall, the School of Public and Environmental Affairs Building and the Herman B Wells Library. The buildings were selected for the pilot study based on the availability of utility data and faculty and staff support.
More information about the contest, emerging results and tips for conserving energy and water can be found at More information about the Indiana University Office of Sustainability can be found at

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(IU News: 3/1/2010)

IU, NoMoreClipboard expand IT use to improve student health, wellness

The IU Health Center, above, receives about 70,000 patient visits each yard. About 40 percent of the 2009 IU freshman class created an electronic personal health record facilitated through a partnership between the Health Center and  Courtesy of Indiana University.

Building on the success of recent student personal health record adoption rates at Indiana University's Bloomington campus, and IU on Feb. 4 announced a strategic alliance to develop additional personal health modules in an effort to improve student health and wellness at IU, and to market healthcare information technology solutions to other colleges and universities. is an online, patient-controlled personal health record management system designed to consolidate a patient's medical information in one convenient and secure location for easy access and use.
Indiana University students at the Bloomington campus can currently create a free personal health record account by visiting the Health Center's Web site ( and clicking on "myHEALTH" to visit the Health Center page on the OneStart portal.
For more information, visit

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(IU News: 3/1/2010)