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Indianapolis, IN (January 2017) - The Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust has awarded a grant to establish the Fostering Success Program at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. The program will support the success of IUPUI students who have experienced foster care, homelessness, or who have been wards of the court. The first students in the program will begin in the fall of 2017, with a goal of adding a new cohort of 40 students each year.  Partners from youth-serving organizations such as Indiana Connected by 25, the Indiana Department of Child Services, and the Children’s Bureau will assist the program in identifying eligible students.  

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The IUPUI Division of Undergraduate Education is proud to announce that Landon Brothers, assistant director for the Office of Tutorial Support in University College in the division, was awarded the IUPUI Gerald L. Bepko Staff Council Spirit Award at the Chancellor’s Employee Recognition Ceremony on September 21, 2016. Since 2004, the IUPUI Bepko Spirit Award has recognized annually three full-time staff members who exemplify the spirit of IUPUI through extraordinary service and special contributions which strengthen IUPUI by fostering collegiality, cooperation, creativity, and innovation to help IUPUI become one of the nation’s best urban universities for education and employment.

Indianapolis, IN (September 2016) – IUPUI’s Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE) will host the fourteenth annual National Mentoring Symposium on Saturday, October 1, 2016 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the IUPUI Campus Center. This one-day national conference for students who work as peer mentors will offer over 20 concurrent sessions for personal and professional development with a focus on enhancing skills and increasing one’s knowledge of peer mentoring techniques, resources, and innovative programming.

The Council on Retention and Graduation and the Enrollment Management Council will meet at the IUPUI Informatics and Communications Technology Complex (IT) Building on Friday, April 15, at 8:30 a.m. to construct an IUPUI response to the Indiana University academic Roadmap initiative.

The OSE staff submitted the winning presentation for a session entitled, “Pay it Forward with Appreciation: Customizing your Student Employment Week.” The requirements for the presentation were to provide participants with strategies for developing and enhancing Student Employment Week on their campuses, with a specific emphasis on student employee appreciation.

Craig Pelka, assistant director of student employment services and assessment of the Office of Student Employment in the Division of Undergraduate Education, recently received two awards from the Midwest Association of Student Employment Administrators (MASEA): the President’s Award and the Dan Kreidler Newcomer Award.

Indianapolis, IN (May 2015) – At its annual Student Employee of the Year recognition luncheon, the Division of Undergraduate Education’s Office of Student Employment announced that the IUPUI Student Employee of the Year award recipient was Anthony Taylor. Taylor’s name was then submitted to the Midwest Association of Student Employment Administrators (MASEA), and he also won the Student Employee of the Year award for the State of Indiana.

Indianapolis, IN (April 2015) – IUPUI University College will celebrate student and faculty successes at the fourth annual Spring Awards Convocation at Hine Hall on Friday, April 10, 2015 from 3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. This year’s convocation theme is “Global Citizenship.” IUPUI Chancellor, Charles R. Bantz, will be the keynote speaker at the event.

The Diversity Enrichment and Achievement Program (DEAP) in IUPUI’s University College, Division of Undergraduate Education, collaborated with Chi Alpha Epsilon to charter the IUPUI Eta Alpha chapter. The new member pinning ceremony was held during a luncheon at Taylor Hall in late January. 

The Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE) will host a retreat for all division faculty and staff on Friday, February 20, 2015, from 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at Hine Hall on IUPUI’s campus. 

Indianapolis, IN (January 2015) – IUPUI’s newly established Degree Completion Office (DCO) will be hosting an open house on Wednesday, January 28, 2015, at their offices in the Walker Plaza building located at 719 Indiana Avenue, Indianapolis, Indiana. The Degree Completion Office was launched in July 2014 and is part of the Division of Undergraduate Education, also launched in July 2014, which is aligned with the IUPUI Strategic Plan.

 Indianapolis, IN (January 2015) – Students from the IUPUI class of 2018 relayed their experiences of being a first-year IUPUI student in an ethnographic performance titled, “Fantasy Forest or Jaguar Jungle.” The performance was offered for the first time this past December at the Black Box Theatre in Cavanaugh Hall on IUPUI’s campus as part of a fall University College Themed Learning Community (TLC) class, which, as part of the larger TLC program, has as its goal helping students understand and facilitate their transition into higher education academics and campus life.

Indianapolis, IN (July 2014)—Seventy-seven high school students have been participating in the Upward Bound Summer Academy program at IUPUI during June and July. These students spent six weeks on the IUPUI campus, living in residential housing, taking academic classes, participating in community events and much more. They were provided academic skill instruction in math, science, and language arts to help them prepare for their high school classes in the fall. To end the Summer Academy program, next week qualified students will take a five-day trip to Atlanta, Georgia, where they will visit two Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), a state higher education institution, and several cultural venues.

Bob and Terry Bowen, through the Bowen Family Foundation, are providing financial support for the IUPUI Bowen Scholars Program, a program model that originated at Ivy Tech Community College, effective with the fall 2014 semester. It is part of a broader expression of funding support from the Bowens, which has fostered incredible success in its students’ academic and life achievements, having provided more than six hundred students with various scholarships since 1993. The program will be housed in University College.

Indianapolis, IN (October 2014) – IUPUI will celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of Upward Bound, one of eight federal TRIO programs, on Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at Hine Hall Auditorium from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Melissa Lavitt, Senior Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs will be the featured speaker. The celebration will begin with a time of networking, followed by a short program and anniversary celebration. Music will be provided by acoustic guitarist Joel Tucker.

INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis Associate Vice Chancellor for Undergraduate Education Kathy E. Johnson has announced the appointment of Alison Bell as the director of IUPUI’s degree completion office, effective October 20. This is a new position created as part of IUPUI’s Division of Undergraduate Education and aligned with IUPUI strategic planning priorities related to supporting adult learners with some college credit but no degree in their goals for degree completion and career advancement. 

Indianapolis, IN (September 2014) – The Indiana College Access and Success Network Summit (ICASN) will be hosted by IUPUI University College and the ICASN planning committee at the IUPUI Campus Center on Friday, September 19, 2014. The summit provides a platform to share research, analysis, and advocacy in improving postsecondary access, retention, and graduation. This conference, hosted alternately by IUPUI and Purdue each fall, is for faculty and staff professionals from secondary and postsecondary institutions as well as nonprofit organizations devoted to education. 

Indianapolis, IN (August 2014) – IUPUI’s University College Summer Bridge Program is a unique two-week program that helps incoming freshmen and international students “bridge” the gap between high school and college. For two weeks before the fall semester begins, Summer Bridge students live on campus and attend specialized classes to help them learn about academic expectations, prepare for their initial academic year, and become accustomed to the IUPUI campus.

Indianapolis, IN (March 2014) – Barbra Browning, the director of Student Support Services at IUPUI for the past 16 years, has received the Advocate of the Dream award for her promotion of the ideals of freedom and equality present in Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s historic “I Have A Dream” speech. Browning is being acknowledged for her support and persistence of these ideals in her day-to-day counseling and mentoring of and advocacy for the students she serves. This is the second time that Browning has received this award from the Black Student Union at IUPUI.

Indianapolis, IN (October 2013) – IUPUI will host the 4th annual National Mentoring Symposium at the university’s Campus Center on Saturday, October 19, 2013. Peer mentoring programs from around the nation will be represented at this one-day national conference to offer a network of personal and professional development to peer mentors, peer mentoring program staff, and faculty.

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It’s a familiar summer sight around IUPUI: a few current students, wearing one of four colorful T-shirts, lead groups of incoming or transferring students around the campus, all carrying recyclable bags filled with IUPUI giveaways, gear and apparel.

Kevin Berkopes, new director of the IUPUI Math Assistance Center, gets it. Math is hard for many college students. Some people are “scared of math like they are scared of spiders,” he said. The key thing to remember is that math doesn’t have to be looked at as if it’s a deadly illness or something to fear, he said. New initiatives at the Math Assistance Center (MAC), which employs students who understand the anxiety connected to the subject, are intended to make math more accessible, enjoyable and achievable for the 1,000 students across the IUPUI campus who visit each week.

Indianapolis, IN (July 2013) – Victoria Lane, 19, of Greenwood, and Katherine Francom, 22, of Indianapolis, were each selected as a recipient of a $1,000 scholarship from the Indiana Members Credit Union (IMCU) for the 2013-14 academic year. Lane and Francom’s selection was based on their exemplary display of the company’s philosophy of “people helping people” in their own communities.

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (July 2013) — During the months of June and July, IUPUI’s University College is hosting eighty-two students participating in the Upward Bound summer program. Although the Upward Bound program at IUPUI is offered year-round to qualifying ninth and tenth grade students intending to enter postsecondary education after high school, the summer program consists of two main components: the Summer Academy and the Summer Pre-Professional Internship.

IUPUI University College has received three creative marketing awards from Hermes Creative Awards which are administered by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals (AMPC). The University College News Report was the recipient of a gold award, the highest award given, and the 2012 National Learning Communities Conference program received a platinum award, the second highest award given. The University College Inspire, Innovate, and Invigorate series received honorable mention.

Indianapolis, IN (April 2013) – Over 350 staff, students, and guests were welcomed to the Hine Hall Auditorium on April 12 for the second annual IUPUI University College Spring Awards Convocation which had as its theme “Characteristics of Student Success.” The ceremony hosts were Yuka Sato, undergraduate junior, and graduating senior Elizabeth Richards.

Indianapolis, IN (April 2013) – Phyllis Gatewood Washington, Coordinator of the Twenty-first Century Scholars Success Program at IUPUI, is the recipient of the 2013 Alvin S. Bynum Mentor Award for Staff for her outstanding contributions to mentoring. The award will be conferred at the IUPUI Chancellor’s Academic Honors Convocation on April 26, 2013.

Indianapolis, IN (March 2013) — Yvonne Fitzgerald, Director of Academic Advising at IUPUI University College, has been recognized as the winner of the 2012 Glenn Irwin Award. This award is given by IUPUI to faculty members who have gone “above and beyond their call of duty at work.” Fitzgerald has been recognized for her efforts and contributions to different organizations around the Indianapolis community, particularly in helping youth prepare for college.

Indianapolis, IN (February 2013) — IUPUI University College is having its inaugural First-Year Seminar (FYS) Idea Exchange on Friday, February 15, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., in Taylor Hall, UC104. Sponsored by the First-Year Seminar-Faculty Learning Community and University College, the Idea Exchange will collect the ideas from the event and make them available to all FYS faculty campus-wide at IUPUI.

Indianapolis, IN (February 2013) — Student Employment Appreciation Week is April 8-12, 2013, and the deadline for nominations for student employee and student supervisor awards is February 15, 2013. This week is filled with events throughout campus which are both educational and fun. Students can learn how to dress appropriately for interviews and how to give a proper handshake. 

Indianapolis, IN (November 2012) — Grainger Industrial Supply worked with IUPUI University College to support the Grainger Foundation Mentor Scholarship. The gift will provide scholarships for mentors through the IUPUI University College Bepko Learning Center and the IUPUI Office of International Affairs.

Indianapolis, IN (December 2012) — The IUPUI Chapter of Tau Sigma National Honor Society recently held their inaugural induction ceremony welcoming thirty new members into the organization. A number of guests, faculty, and staff were also in attendance to show their support of the students’ accomplishments and to support the choice they had made in joining.

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (November 2012) Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) will host the 17th annual National Learning Communities Conference on November 8-10, 2012 at the University Place Conference Center and Hotel, located on IUPUI’s campus. Learning communities are generally defined as two or more linked courses which incorporate integrative learning and are offered in partnership with academic and student affairs.

The IUPUI Department of Mathematical Sciences and University College invite applications for the Director of Mathematics Assistance Center (MAC) to begin on or after January 1, 2013. A Ph.D. in Math or Math Education (or related discipline) is preferred. A master’s degree is required, also required is a demonstrated potential for excellence in teaching and management. Rank and salary will be commensurate with qualifications.