Friday, September 24, 2010

IU 'Design Matters' forum focuses on sustainable design

Sept. 22, 2010

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Leading designers and architects will gather at Indiana University on Oct. 1 (Friday) for a free, open-to-the-public panel discussion on how the "built environment" has been impacted by sustainability initiatives.

IU's Department of Apparel Merchandising and Interior Design will host the Oct. 1 panel discussion, "Design Matters: Sustainability and the Built Environment," from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the Whittenberger Auditorium of the Indiana Memorial Union. The panel discussion was made possible by the support from the IU College of Arts and Sciences' Themester 2010 "sustain•ability: Thriving on a Small Planet" and by the Friends of the Department of Apparel Merchandising and Interior Design.

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National organization touts School of Education doctoral dissertation tying extra-curricular activity to student success

John Houser
Higher GPA shows correlation with participation

Sept. 22, 2010

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Institute for Education Leadership in Washington, D.C., is citing as a major contribution to the field a study by a recent Indiana University School of Education Ph.D. graduate suggesting a relationship between higher participation in extra-curricular programs and better grades at an Indianapolis community school.

School psychology doctoral graduate John H. Houser's dissertation analyzed participation and grades during the 2008-09 school year at George Washington Community High School (GWCHS), a full-service community school. For that year, the students who had a higher participation rate in extra-curricular activities also had a higher grade-point average.

"There's certainly a relationship going on between participating in these programs both offered by the school and the community and how that relates to how they're doing academically," Houser said.

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IU, community representatives collaborate for Bloomington Multicultural Expo 2010

Bloomington Multicultural Expo

WHAT: Bloomington Multicultural Expo 2010
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 2, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
WHERE: Bryan Park, 1001 S. Henderson St.

Sept. 23, 2010

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The Indiana University and Bloomington communities will come together at Bryan Park Saturday, Oct. 2, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. to celebrate Bloomington Multicultural Expo 2010.

Formerly known as the Bloomington Multicultural Festival, the popular event changed its composition last year to combine the annual Soul Food Festival, the Moon Festival and Festival Latino.

The combined festival includes "villages" at which visitors can do crafts, take part in children's activities prepared by the Mathers Museum, hear music and sample ethnic foods from different cultures (available for purchase). An International Village focuses on the celebration of cultures around the world. This year, a Native American Village has been added to the mix.

"As part of the planning committee, I'm really excited to see how everything fell into place," said Sandy Britton, director of the Leo R. Dowling International Center.

"This annual tradition is such a great opportunity to celebrate Bloomington's cultural diversity."

Each of the individual festivals comes with its own tradition.

"The Soul Food Picnic started over 20 years ago to give the small number of African Americans in Bloomington a sense of community," said Beverly Calender-Anderson, safe and civil city director for the City of Bloomington. "It evolved from a small picnic to a community festival that is now part of the Bloomington Multicultural Expo, where the entire community has an opportunity to gather, renew old friendships, share stories and enjoy the wonderful food and music that is a part of the African American tradition."

More than 40 cultural organizations will host individual booths that provide information and items for sale.

Performances of music and dance will reflect cultures that include Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean, India and the Middle East.

Bloomington Multicultural Expo 2010 is sponsored by City of Bloomington Parks and Recreation, Leo R. Dowling International Center, City of Bloomington Community and Family Resources, Bloomington Black Business and Professional Association, Indiana University Commission on Multicultural Understanding, IU Residential Program and Services, IU Latino Studies Program, IU La Casa, IU Asian Cultural Center, IU Mathers Museum of World Cultures, Ivy Tech Community College-Bloomington and Monroe County Community School Corp.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, see

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IUPUI receives $2 million to expand state, national science and technology talent pool

Courtesy of Indiana University.
Sept. 24, 2010

INDIANAPOLIS -- A $2 million grant from the National Science Foundation to Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis is targeted to boost the number of students graduating with bachelor's degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics by 10 percent.

The funding is designed to encourage more students, including those who begin their college education in a local community college, to embark on careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and to provide those students with the support needed to achieve this goal. With this award, IUPUI hopes to increase STEM degrees to an additional 782 undergraduates by 2015.

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