Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Donate your old Cell Phones!

Got an old or broken cell phone? Don't throw it away! The Giving Back to Africa Student Association (GBASA) has teamed up with Cell Phones for Cancer, LLC to collect old or broken cell phones for recycling. For each cell phone recycled, $2 goes to a cancer charity, and $2 goes to GBASA.

The importance of recycling cell phones does not just involve the environment, it also involves the Congo. The mineral, coltan, is very abundant, profitable, and greatly exploited in the Congo. It is also one of the main components in cell phone production. The mineral is mined and then taken from the country so that citizens don't see the profits of their labor.

Help us by donating your cell phones today!You can find collection boxes in the SPEA undergraduate office, the Pourhouse Cafe, and Boxcar Books.For more information visit http://www.givingbacktoafrica.org or email us at gba@indiana.edu.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!

Have a great holiday, everyone! Be safe in your travels and enjoy your Thanksgiving meal!

Be aware that we won't be open Thursday or Friday of this week, and though we're open Wednesday there are no walk-ins and our staff is limited. We look forward to seeing you after the holiday for the last push toward finals!

World's saddest Thanksgiving turkey craft. Do not attempt, even if it is recycled!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Writing a Paper?

Are you working on a paper for class, or looking ahead to final papers in your courses? If so, you may want to enlist the help of Writing Tutorial Services. WTS is available free of charge to students, and provides both hour-long consultations by appointment in their Ballantine office and half-hour help sessions in a walk-in atmosphere in Academic Support Centers on campus.

You can find more info and see how to make appointments on the WTS website. In addition, there are several pamphlets on writing issues like plagarism, creating an effective thesis statement, and using evidence and sources.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Graduation Application--Special Walk-in Hours

As many of you know, you need to apply for graduation in order to receive your degree and diploma. For May graduates, the deadline is December 1. You may either make an appointment to visit us before that time, or you may come to our walk-in hours dedicated to graduation applications (deadline is extended for those coming to walk-ins).

Graduation application walk-ins are November 30 through December 3, from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. and from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m.

If these times won't work for you, please make an appointment. Congratulations on your graduation!

If you need to come to a walk-in this week for anything other than graduation applications, please come during normal walk-in times and let the front desk know that you're not here for a graduation application.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Overseas Study--Get an Early Start

Just a reminder--if you plan to study overseas and want to have courses transfer in as SPEA courses, come talk to us early! You will need to talk to an advisor, find a faculty member to agree to your course replacements, and have the director of the program sign off on the agreement. As I'm sure you can imagine, this takes a couple days at the least to work through, so please start well ahead of your deadlines.

Speaking of planning ahead--we are currently scheduling a week to a week and a half out for appointments. Please call early to schedule an appointment, and be aware that walk-in waits have been on the long side.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

V450 Courses--What will Fit my Major?

V450 courses are topics courses--and because different topics fit different majors, not every section of V450 will count in every major. Below is a list of the courses offered this spring and which majors they will count towards; below that is the list in reverse so that you can search the courses by your major.

SPEA V450 Courses—counts in:

Business and Government:
· Management
· Legal Studies
· Public Management
· Policy Analysis
Community Development
· Management
· Environmental Management
· Public Financial Management
· Legal Studies
· Nonprofit Management
· Public Management
· Policy Analysis
E-Government and Tech Policy
· Management
· Public Financial Management
· Legal Studies
· Public Management
· Policy Analysis
Environmental Law and Regulation
· Management
· Environmental Management
· Legal Studies
· Policy Analysis
Post Cold War Espionage
· Legal Studies
· Nonprofit Management
· Public Management
· Policy Analysis
· Management
Public Law and Federal Bureaucracy
· Legal Studies
· Public Management
· Policy Analysis
Inside Community Arts Organization
· Arts Administration
· Nonprofit Management
· Public Management
Public Law: Public Law and Contemporary Political Campaign Management
· All BSPA majors
Contemporary Issues in Macroeconomics Policy
· Policy Analysis
· Public Financial Management
· Public Management
Environmental Policy: Balancing Initiatives with Public Interest
· Environmental Management
· Management
· Policy Analysis
· Public Management
Global Governance in the 21st Century
· Management
· Policy Analysis
· Health Administration
· Public Management
· Nonprofit Management
· Legal Studies
· Environmental Management
Planning in the Public Sector for Managers
· Environmental Management
· Management
· Policy Analysis
· Public Management
Research in Practice—Intensive Writing Course
· All BSPA majors
The European Union on a World Stage
· Management
· Policy Analysis
· Public Management
Urban Planning and the Environment
· Management
· Environmental Management
· Public Management

V450 Courses by Major:

All BSPA Majors:
· Public Law: Public Law and Contemporary Political Campaign Management
· Research in Practice—Intensive Writing Course
Environmental Management:
· Environmental Policy: Balancing Initiatives with Public Interest
· Global Governance in the 21st Century
· Radiological Hazard Management
· Community Development
· Environmental Law and Regulation
· Planning in the Public Sector for Managers
· Urban Planning and the Environment
Health Administration
· Global Governance in the 21st Century
Legal Studies
· Global Governance in the 21st Century
· Business and Government
· Community Development
· E-Government and Tech Policy
· Environmental Law and Regulation
· Post Cold War Espionage
· Public Law and Federal Bureaucracy
· Environmental Policy: Balancing Initiatives with Public Interest
· Global Governance in the 21st Century
· The European Union on a World Stage
· Urban Planning and Development
· Business and Government
· Community Development
· E-Government and Tech Policy
· Environmental Law and Regulation
· Post Cold War Espionage
· Planning in the Public Sector for Managers
· Urban Planning and the Environment
Nonprofit Management
· Global Governance in the 21st Century
· Community Development
· Post Cold War Espionage
· Inside Community Arts Organization
Policy Analysis
· Contemporary Issues in Macroeconomics Policy
· Environmental Policy: Balancing Initiatives with Public Interest
· Global Governance in the 21st Century
· Planning in the Public Sector for Managers
· The European Union on a World Stage
· Business and Government
· Community Development
· E-Government and Tech Policy
· Environmental Law and Regulation
· Post Cold War Espionage
· Public Law and Federal Bureaucracy
Public Financial Management
· Contemporary Issues in Macroeconomics Policy
· Community Development
· E-Government and Tech Policy
Public Management
· Contemporary Issues in Macroeconomics Policy
· Environmental Policy: Balancing Initiatives with Public Interest
· Global Governance in the 21st Century
· Planning in the Public Sector for Managers
· The European Union on a World Stage
· Business and Government
· Community Development
· E-Government and Tech Policy
· Post Cold War Espionage
· Inside Community Arts Organization
· Public Law and Federal Bureaucracy
· Urban Planning and the Environment
Arts Administration
· Inside Community Arts Organization

Want to spend the summer in Oxford?

Subject: “IU at Oxford Program” - Information Session, Friday, November 6 at 3:00 pm in SPEA Room 277

Come learn about a “ludicrously good” summer program hosted by the School of Public and Environmental Affairs (Tenth Street and Fee Lane) on Friday, November 6 from 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm in Room 277.

Program participants will study governance and decision-making in public and private organizations at world renowned Oxford University’s Said Business School from July 2 – August 1, 2010. Students will receive 6 credit hours for the two courses: “Decision-Making in Public and Private Contexts: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly” (SPEA V450) and “Governance in Public and Private Contexts: Herding Cats” (SPEA V450). Because of the broad applicability of the course material, the program has been pre-approved for credit for all SPEA undergraduate majors and is always of interest to a variety of other majors, including students of business, political science, international studies, economics, history, English, religion, and more. . .

Course lectures will be led by Dr. Kenneth Richards, a Wharton Business School graduate who serves as an associate professor at the School of Public and Environmental Affairs and a senior visiting fellow at Oxford University’s Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment. Throughout the program, there will be numerous guest lectures and weekly tutorial sessions led by Oxford University faculty and graduate students.

Students will stay in a recently renovated 20-bedroom house owned by Exeter College. They will dine in college at Exeter once each week and will have a unique opportunity to enjoy meals from a variety of world cuisines, including British, Thai, Chinese, Japanese, Lebanese, Indian, and Italian fare.

Students will enjoy course-related field trips to London (Parliament, Westminster Abbey, and the Churchill War Rooms); the West Country (Salisbury Cathedral, Stonehenge, and Bath); and Banbury (Plotting Sites for the English Civil War and the Washington ancestral home). They can also take advantage of optional Oxford field trips to the University’s colleges, the Ashmolean Museum, the Botanic Gardens, and more.

To participate, students must be rising juniors or seniors during the summer of 2010 with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. Applications will be due by Tuesday, February 9, 2010.

For more information, visit www.spea.indiana.edu/IUatOxford or contact the program directors:

Kenneth R. Richards, PhD, JD

Stephanie Hayes Richards, MPA, MBA
Associate Director

Monday, October 26, 2009

Drop Dates for Second 8 Weeks Courses

Second Eight Weeks courses have begun! We hope you're enjoying any courses that start this week. If not...

  • October 30th is the last day you can drop a 2nd 8 week course before the auto W kicks in.
  • November 24 is the last day for 2nd 8 week drop/add.

Have a great week!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Spring Schedule

The spring schedule of classes has been posted to the Registrar's website and to OneStart. Take a look and begin planning your next semester. If you'd like to meet with an advisor to plan, be advised that things are going to be getting busy--many fellow SPEAons will be making appointments as well. Plan ahead, make an appointment soon, and print and bring your expanded advisement report to get the most out of your meeting.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Internship in Sustainability

The 2009-10 IUB Academic Year Internship Program in Sustainability

Continuing the tradition of the Indiana University Task Force on Sustainability, the Office of Sustainability (IUOS) addresses issues of environmental sustainability in campus operations, academic programs, and university-community relations. This academic year, we are seeking another group of outstanding undergraduate and graduate students dedicated to advancing sustainability at Indiana University Bloomington.

The IUB Academic Year Internship Program in Sustainability will run from mid-October through the end of the spring semester. Funding is available to support up to eighteen sustainability-related internships. Seven of these interns will work on ongoing IUOS projects, while the other eleven will work collaboratively with IUOS and the Sustainability Advisory Board on projects designed to meet the strategic goals of our seven working groups. Interns will be expected to work approximately ten to fifteen hours per week over the course of the academic year and meet regularly to discuss their progress. Student interns and their mentors will have discretion in setting their work schedules to accommodate varying academic load and other commitments.

To apply, send a brief statement of interest, specifying which of the following project(s) you would be interested in working on, a 1-2 page resume, and one letter of reference by email to sustain@indiana.edu or (if there are problems with electronic submission) by mail to Sustainability Program Director, Emilie Rex, at the Office of Sustainability, Geology 429, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, 47405 no later than 5:00 PM, Monday, October 5th, 2009. General information about the IUB Sustainability Program can be found at https://www.indiana.edu/~sustain. Information on past internship projects is also available on the web at https://www.indiana.edu/~sustain/sustainabilityiu/internship-projects/.

Questions regarding internships or the application process can also be directed to sustain@indiana.edu.

Internships mentored through the Office of Sustainability

1. Energy Challenge Coordinator:
The 2009 IU Energy Challenge proved that students could achieve substantial reductions in energy and water use through simple conservation measures and a little competition. The 2010 IU Energy Challenge has even more potential by expanding the effort to include more dormitories in the competition, exploring new ways of engaging residents utilizing technology to raise awareness of energy use, and possibly expanding the competition to include other Big Ten universities in 2011. Achieving another successful round of the Energy Challenge will require coordination between the Utilities Department, Residence Halls Staff, and numerous student groups. Additional tasks associated with this project include technical work integrating utility data into a web interface and exploring funding opportunities for proposed interactive educational displays.

2. Funding Opportunities for the Office of Sustainability:
This intern will continue the work of our summer internship program, and will involve researching models for internal and external funding of campus sustainability initiatives and their relative fiscal impact. The study will continue to explore revolving loan funds for energy-efficiency upgrades and possible implementation of that strategy at Indiana University to fund more energy-efficient projects, with the loan fund repaid from energy savings. This internship would also help to develop the rules of how this fund would operate in such a way as to assure a sustainable return on investment. The intern will help research potential grant funding from government, foundation, corporate and individual sources and assist in creation of case statements, query letters, cover letters and grant applications.

3. Greening of the Athletic Department:
A well-executed sporting event utilizes a series of well-coordinated systems for transportation, lighting, building efficiency, food procurement, and waste management. Through each of these systems, IU has an opportunity to conserve resources and reduce our carbon footprint. This intern will collaborate with IU Athletics staff to create a strategic plan for greening athletic facilities and events. Special projects may include: implementing an effective and efficient recycling program at tailgating events, analysis of local offset and conservation opportunities for carbon-neutral events, sustainable site and landscape issues, and energy efficiency upgrades of existing sports facilities.

4. Greening of the IMU Charrette Coordinator:
In August of this year, the Duke Foundation awarded the Office of Sustainability a $50,000 grant to fund a green design charrette, an intensive planning exercise to improve sustainability practices, at IU’s most iconic building: the Indiana Memorial Union. Dozens of experts will join will join Indiana University students, faculty and staff to participate in the event. The intern will research baseline data; assist in finalizing the RFP and consultant logistics; and coordinate with a steering committee of key stakeholders to plan, promote and host this high-profile event. Following the event, the intern will work with IUOS staff and service-learning students to write up summaries of the charrette and explore short-term and long-term implementation strategies.

5. Green Team Coordinator:
Informal groups of students, faculty and staff are emerging in departments and schools across campus to discuss their roles in greening IU’s office and living spaces. Because each of these groups represents a unique set of perspectives, interests and skills, the need for communication and resource sharing is paramount. This intern will: (1) develop materials and resources to help encourage the initiation of new green teams in various campus departments and organizations, (2) coordinate a brown-bag series to facilitate communication between green teams and encourage new membership, (3) collaborate with green teams to develop Office resources, suggested campus-wide policy documents, and (possibly) funding sources for the groups, (4) develop an office, department, or school “green certification” program, and (5) develop a green reward system for recognizing individuals or groups for outstanding green practices.

6. Sustainability Reporting Research and Database:
Several campus sustainability rating systems such as the Sustainable Endowments Report Card, Association for Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) STARS assessment program, and the Princeton Review are judging the sustainability of colleges and universities through a number of metrics, including a variety of operational, academic, and investment activities of these institutions. This intern will continue the summer intern’s efforts, expanding the groundwork for improving IU’s ranking in these areas by exploring more accurate and proactive reporting through research and database development. This intern would work closely with the Office and the Sustainability Advisory Board to evaluate IU’s progress toward sustainability.

7. Social Dimensions of Sustainability:
Sustainability breaks with the traditional environmental movement in its emphasis on human-environment interaction. A sustainable initiative is one that addresses the ecological, social and economic aspects of a problem to reach a long-term solution for people and the environment in which they live. This internship will examine the current program’s progress in addressing the social and economic equity aspects of sustainable policy. Focus areas will include: examining the need for academic programming and community projects in environmental justice; continuing the previous intern’s work by implementing recommendations for increasing underrepresented groups’ access to and participation in sustainability programming at IU; and helping coordinate student engagement events aimed at reframing sustainability to include social issues.

Internships mentored through the Sustainability Advisory Board and Operational Units

Academic Initiatives
8. Campus-wide Sustainability Studies Curriculum Development:
Various entities on campus are in the process of revising, adapting or creating academic programs in environmental or sustainability-related studies at the graduate and undergraduate level. The Academic Initiatives Working Group is interested in compiling this information and perhaps developing a campus-wide sustainability studies curriculum, likely in the form of a certificate program. This intern would collaborate with existing campus curriculum committees, build on previous interns’ work, and research peer institutions’ degree programs and class offerings to identify and/or develop a rigorous, inclusive and comprehensive curriculum in sustainability studies well suited to students with varying academic backgrounds and career interests. This would be used as a basis for a detailed programmatic recommendation for the IUB campus.

9. Preparing for the College Themester in Sustainability:
“The College Themester is a new initiative to engage the collective knowledge and creativity of the faculty and to involve undergraduate students in the exploration of ideas across the disciplines” (College of Arts and Sciences, 2009). This spring, the College approved a collaborative proposal for a sustainability-based themester: “Sustain.ability: Thriving on a Small Planet” scheduled for the Fall 2010 semester. This intern would assist the College in coordinating new course development, service-learning opportunities, outside speakers, and community events. Other opportunities include recruiting interested faculty in other schools to participate and helping plan spring semester workshops segueing into the Themester.

Energy and the Built Environment
10. Water Conservation in Academic Buildings:
This intern would continue the Utilities department’s ongoing efforts to increase water conservation in some of the highest usage buildings on campus. Duties will include examining usage data for trends and inconsistencies, developing communication materials on water conservation and attempting to link trends in usage to implementation of conservation messages. This year’s intern would be challenged to coordinate with facilities managers to expand current methods to new buildings, including the Wells Library.

11. Non-academic Building Energy Audits:
IU owns a number of historic homes and other buildings surrounding the campus used for housing various research centers, office space, and support functions. This intern would continue the summer intern’s work analyzing past utility consumption in these buildings, formatting utility data, and establishing priority areas for conservation measures. The intern also will focus on implementing several low-cost and efficient building modifications identified by the previous intern. Lastly, the intern will work closely with several engineers on several buildings with especially high electricity usage to evaluate efficiency needs.

Environmental Quality and Land Use
12. Wetland and Stream Inventory of IUB and the Five Regional Campuses:
Indiana University’s Master Plan includes building projects that may impact jurisdictional waters of the United States. When jurisdictional waters are affected, permitting and mitigation are often required. A complete inventory of wetlands and streams on each campus will help guide future construction projects including site planning, permitting, and mitigation. This intern will complete the partial wetland inventory conducted in the summer of 2009 at IU Bloomington and add a stream inventory. In addition, each of the five regional campuses will be inventoried for wetlands and streams. Identified wetland areas would provide an educational resource to be utilized by IU students for future monitoring and enhancement projects.

13. Sustainable Food Procurement:
Past investigations into how to best provide sustainable local or organic food and composting to IUB’s nearly 50,000 students, faculty, and staff have unveiled significant barriers. This intern will collaborate with the Sustainable Food Working Group to develop solutions to these barriers. Potential projects include but are not limited to: a feasibility study of pilot RPS caf├ęs serving only local and/or organic foods, a cost-benefit analysis of a central composting facility on campus, or an analysis of on and off-campus financial and physical access to sustainable food options.

Resource Use and Recycling
14. Increased Awareness of and Initiatives for Recycling:
Given that IUB and the Bloomington community have limited space, financing and other resources for recycling, it is essential that each of the campus entities providing recycling (housing, IMU and academic buildings) coordinates its efforts to increase consistency, efficiency and user awareness. Building on previous interns’ work, this internship project will involve implementation of several strategies targeted at unifying recycling systems and making them more user-friendly by encouraging cooperation between departments to seek agreement on signage and material recycled. This intern will also assist with current efforts for the campus to collaborate with city and county officials on a more effective regional recycling system. He/she also may create a guide to recycling services available in the community.

15. Reclamation and Resale of Reusable Student Move-out Waste:
Based on similar events at Penn State, Miami University of Ohio, and other universities, the proposed student move-out event would expand previous efforts to divert student move-out waste from the landfill by collecting reusable furniture, clothing, etc. for resale and donation to the campus and community. The intern will begin by researching efforts at peer institutions; analyzing previous efforts at IU; collaborating with off-campus landlords and RPS and several community agencies to manage acquisition, transport and storage of goods; and investigating options for sale of items and donation of profit. He/she will then synthesize these findings in an implementation plan and collaborate with the working group, community organizations, campus units, and volunteers to host the event at the end of spring semester.

Sustainable Computing
16. E-waste Solutions:
During IU’s inaugural E-waste collection event, the IU and Bloomington community recycled over 800,000 pounds of e-waste, preventing bulk sale of these goods into overseas markets and risk of environmental contamination from improper disposal. Apple Inc. has agreed to sponsor the event for a second year, possibly expanding service to include monthly e-waste pick-ups. Apple will pick up old monitors, cell phones, and other types of e-waste for proper handling and zero cost to the community. The intern will be responsible for planning this year’s event, communicating with multiple stakeholders including departments across campus, residence hall managers, and community and corporate partners, and working on implementation and reporting on the event.

17. Feasibility of Acquiring Alternatively Fueled Buses:
The IUB campus will soon be replacing its campus bus fleet. The intern will investigate the feasibility of acquiring alternatively fueled buses for the IUB campus. The intern will evaluate alternatives such as electric battery powered buses and natural gas powered buses in comparison to diesel-powered buses, including diesel hybrids. Included in the feasibility study will be the evaluation of a compressed natural gas fueling station that could be made available for use by all University vehicles and municipal vehicles in Bloomington.

18. Bike and Pedestrian Infrastructure:
IU's campus master plan contains goals for improving/expanding bike and pedestrian infrastructure, particularly in conjunction with new roadway plans. Furthering other work by the Office of Sustainability, this internship would help to identify and evaluate ways to support the University and Bloomington community as they develop short and long terms ways to implement alternative transportation projects.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Overseas Callout Meeting

SPEA Overseas Study
Student Callout
Friday, October 2
3:00 pm – 4:15 pm
SPEA Building
1315 East Tenth Street
Room 277

Considering study abroad? The School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) offers a number of overseas programs that will be of interest to students from a variety of majors, schools, and campuses.

Join us to learn about SPEA’s programs for 2010. For more details, scroll to the bottom of this message.

• Scholars in Global Citizenship Spring second 8 week course with International Field Component at Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea: May 12 – 26, 2010
• Decision-Making and Governance in Public and Private Contexts at Oxford University in Oxford England: July 2 – August 1, 2010
• Economic Evaluation of Health, Safety and Environmental Technologies and Policies at University of Navarro in Pamplona, Spain: May 24 – June 18, 2010 (Proposed Program)

Also, find out about:

• Programs in the works: Germany (Hertie/Berlin and Speyer), Kenya, and more
• Scholarship opportunities
• The benefits of studying abroad

After the presentation, join us for light refreshments and an informal Q&A.

For more information, please contact Rowenna Miller of the SPEA Undergraduate Programs Office at rawkmill@indiana.edu or (812) 855-0635.

Friday, September 11, 2009

IHSA Call-Out, Tuesday September 15

The call-out for the Indiana Health Student Association is Tuesday, September 15 at 7:00pm in SPEA 274.

IHSA is an organization for public health majors or for anyone interested in the current trend of the healthcare industry. We welcome anyone! The objectives of IHSA are: to stimulate professional career development and leadership of its members; to provide the opportunity to assemble with students and faculty whose professional interests are in public and environmental health; to keep members informed of recent trends in health-related areas; and to encourage students to enter the many facets within the health field.

Tuesday's meeting will provide information about plans for this year, a chance for students to meet peers and faculty, and an opportunity to voice interests and ideas pertaining to the healthcare field and the organization.

Don't miss out! IHSA has great things in the works for this year! If you're interested in any aspect of the healthcare industry, this organization is for YOU!

Indiana Health Student Association

Visit their website and check them out on Facebook!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Reminder about Walk-Ins!

Remember to bring your advisement report to all walk-in and scheduled appointments! This will help you to get the most out of your meeting. Plus, I won't let you sign in unless you have one :)
It's easy, and you can print from the computers in the library downstairs if you arrive and have forgotten to bring your AAR.
  1. Log in to onestart.iu.edu
  2. Click the Student Self-Service tab and then click the "SIS Go to Student Center" link in the middle of the page
  3. You will see your student center main page. Click on "My Academics and Grades" in the left-hand side list of links.
  4. Click on "View my Advisement Report" on the next screen
  5. Select "Bloomington" and "AAR and Transcript" on the next screen.
  6. Select "Expand" to see all the information.
  7. Print the report and bring it with you to your advisement appointment or walk-in!

Make sure you bring an up-to-date report, not an older report. Thanks!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

First Two Weeks of Classes--All Walk-ins!

Just a quick announcement--the first two weeks that classes are in session here at IU, we will be having only walk-in advising (no appointments except for special circumstances--call to see if your situation warrants an appointment!). Hours will be:

9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
1:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

Walk-ins are first-come, first-served, and are for quick, pressing issues like needing to find a course to fill in your schedule, making a course pass-fail, or other immediate and contained concerns. For extensive academic planning, discussing going abroad, or talking over post-graduation plans, please make an appointment later in the semester.

We will be closed for walk-ins:
Friday, September 4 in the afternoon for orientation
Monday, September 7 for Labor Day (but yes, you do still have class on Labor Day).

Tuesday, August 4, 2009


Did you graduate in May and still haven't received your diploma? Don't worry--we've been told that it will likely take upwards of 12 weeks for our May graduates to receive diplomas in the mail. If we're a couple weeks past the 12 week mark and still no sign of your hard-earned diploma, give us a call and we'll see what's going on.

You can see if your graduation has been processed, by the way, by checking out your unofficial transcript on OneStart. Log in and proceed as though checking your Academic Advising Report, but select "Unofficial Transcript" instead. It will list your degree under "Degrees Awarded." And, even before you receive your diploma, your official transcript from the University will show that you're a graduate!

And, of course, congratulations!

Monday, July 27, 2009

Summer Appointments

It may be summer, but things are still busy here in the UPO and Advising office! Because we don't have walk-ins over the summer, this means that you need to plan ahead when booking appointments. We've been booking up to two weeks in advance this July, and though the timing is getting a bit more favorable, we don't recommend waiting to call. If you have a deadline or plan to make an appointment while you're in town on a visit, make your appointment as soon as you can. Thanks!

Of course, if you aren't in need of advising, keep on enjoying your summer!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Good Luck, Jessica!

Congratulations to Jessica, SPEA UPO admin assistant (and founder of this blog)! After helping many undergraduates navigate the SPEA programs, Jessica is returning to school to pursue her own academic goals. We'll miss you, but wish you success in your new grad school adventures!

Needless to say, Jessica won't be in the office any longer, and, as her replacement, I look forward to meeting many of you in the coming months. And just a reminder, we will have advising by appointment only until walk-ins resume in the fall semester. Our schedule is booking quickly, so we recommend calling a couple weeks in advance of your needs this summer.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009


Hello, all. My apologies for being a little, er, absent, from the blog. Things have been busy around here! We have just admitted 380 new Speons! Welcome, all of you, to the SPEA family!

Updates: There are no walk-ins during the summer. To schedule an appointment, please call 812-855-0635 or stop by the office.

Also, there are changes to the DPR. It will now be called the AAR (Academic Advising Report) and it is found almost the exact same way as the DPR. I will have instructions posted ASAP for how to find that.

Let us know if you have any questions!

Monday, May 4, 2009

Finals Week Announcements!

Walk-ins this week are ONLY for students who need to apply to graduate for December 2009. They are Monday-Thursday from 9:00-11:00 a.m. and 1:00-3:00 p.m. If you are not applying to graduate but need to see an advisor, call 812-855-0635 or stop by the office to schedule an appointment.

If you are planning to graduate in December, you MUST apply to graduate at this time.

Also, are you doing your internship this summer? If so, have you submitted your paperwork? Please call 812-855-9639 or visit speacareers.com for more information on internship approval and submitting the appropriate paperwork.

Monday, March 9, 2009

SPEA USA Midterm Study Session TONIGHT!

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Won-Joon Yoon Memorial Scholarship


See the scholarship opportunity below!

Won-Joon Yoon Memorial Scholarship

On Sunday, 4 July 1999, a bright and promising young Korean graduate student was killed as he was entering his church. He was the victim of a random act of extremist violence. Indiana University is united in deploring the hatred and intolerance that caused this senseless tragedy and is committed to the principles and ideals that make this university a place where people from all walks of life and from all nations and religions, can join together in pursuit of knowledge and mutual respect. As a way of underscoring Mr. Yoon’s legacy, Indiana University established this scholarship.

The Won-Joon Yoon Scholarship will provide financial support for IU students who have exemplified tolerance and understanding across racial and religious lines through service, personal commitment, academic achievement and future potential.

Candidates may be graduate students or undergraduates who have completed at least one academic semester of study at Indiana University at the time of application. Candidates may be citizens of any country.

Candidates must be full-time students pursuing Indiana University degrees.

Candidates may be self-nominated (apply themselves) or be nominated by Indiana University faculty or staff members.

Candidates must submit a statement (not to exceed 750 words) describing what the scholarship will enable them to accomplish in their academic programs. The scholarship should be taken up during summer 2008 or the 2008-2009 academic year.

Candidates must submit a resume or curriculum vitae.

Three letters of support are required, at least one of which should be from an Indiana University faculty member.

Faculty or staff who nominate candidates, please provide a letter of nomination and at least one additional letter of support. If possible, please also enclose a copy of the student’s resume or curriculum vitae.

The scholarship has a value of approximately $2,500.

The application deadline is March 30, 2009

Completed applications/nominations should be sent to the Won-Joon Yoon Scholarship Committee, Bryan Hall 104, Indiana University, 107 S. Indiana, Bloomington, Indiana, 47405.

Please direct questions to Edda Callahan, Office of the Vice President for International Affairs,
Bryan Hall 104, phone: 812-855-5021; e-mail egcallah@indiana.edu

THIS WEDNESDAY! Last Day for Auto W

This Wednesday, March 11 is the last day to drop a course and receive an automatic "W" in the course. Please see http://speaupo.blogspot.com/2009/01/edrop-and-eadd.html for late drop/add procedures!

Walk-in hours this week are, as usual, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 1:00-3:00 p.m. Remember, you must have your advisement report with you before you sign in.

Bear in mind that walk-ins are for admitted students with brief, specific questions or students adding a minor. If you do not fit these criteria, please call 812-855-0635 to schedule an appointment. We are now booking about a week and a half out.

If you need to talk about studying abroad, a walk-in is not appropriate for you. Please schedule an appointment to speak with an advisor and don't forget to visit the Office of Overseas Study.

New Public Health Study Abroad Opportunity!

Public health students,
There is a new study abroad opportunity for you in Denmark through the office of Overseas Studies. This program will allow Health Administration students to receive credit for H455 which fulfills a requirement from the “pick 5 list” and a potential second course from this list approved on a case by case basis. See the links below and call us to schedule an appointment if you have further questions/would like to fit this into your academic program!

General Summer Program description:

Syllabus: Human Health & Disease: A Clinical Approach:

Syllabus: Health Care in Northern Europe

General Semester “Public Health” Program description:

List of Relevant Electives to Public Health:

Thursday, February 5, 2009

National Teach-In on Global Warming Solutions TODAY!

Help Be Part of the Solution

The National Teach-In on Global Warming Solutions

Climate change poses serious challenges for people and natural systems across the planet. Public and private policy decisions about global warming made in the next few years will have impacts lasting for generations. To engage national attention on this critical issue, the Human Biology Program at IU would like to invite you to a National Teach-In on Global Warming Solutions.

WHEN: Febuary 5, 2009 from 9-4pm

WHERE: Georgian Room at the IMU




10:00 am - Vicky Meretsky, School of Public and Environmental Affairs "The Conservation Landscape and Climate Change."

11:00 am - Terry Usrey, School of Public and Environmental Affairs "The Potential for Renewable Energy in Southern Indiana and Intro to Photovoltaic's."

12:00 pm - Steve Akers, RPS Environmental Operations "Moving the IU-Bloomington Campus Toward Sustainability."

1:00 pm - Danilo Dragoni, Department of Geography "The role of a temperate forest in south-central Indiana as a net carbon sink."

1:30 pm - Lisa Sideris, Department of Religious Studies "Religious and Ethical Responses to Climate Change."

2:00 pm - Heather Reynolds, Department of Biology
"Biofuels: Challenge and Opportunity."

3:30 pm: Open mic on Global Warming


The SPEA Undergraduate Student Association will be holding a meeting TODAY, Thursday, February 5 at 6:00 p.m. in the SPEA Atrium.

Topics discussed at this meeting will include the upcoming bowling night, future fundraisers, and other events being planned for the SPEA student body. They are also looking for a few people that consider themselves technically savvy that may be interested in assisting with website development.

All SPEA undergraduates are invited and encouraged to attend.

They look forward to seeing you tonight! Don't forget about the first SPEA USA Social Event next Tuesday 2/10 at the IMU Bowling Alley.

SPEA Undergraduate Student Association

If you haven't already, don't forget to join their new Facebook group at: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=58934826971

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Walk-ins Cancelled 2/3/2009

Walk-ins today, Tuesday, February 3, are cancelled. They will resume tomorrow, Wednesday, February 4, from 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Monday, February 2, 2009

SPEA UPO Celebrates Black History Month

If you're in the building, stop by the Undergraduate Programs and Advising Office to see our display to celebrate Black History Month! During the month of February, the Undergraduate Programs Office is exhibiting photographs of prominent blacks involved in the arena of public and environmental affairs. Please visit our exhibit in SPEA 240 any day in February during regular business hours.

Walk-in hours for February 2-February 6

Walk-in hours this week are Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 1:00-3:00 p.m. Remember, you must have your advisement report with you before you sign in.

Bear in mind that walk-ins are for admitted students with brief, specific questions or students adding a minor. If you do not fit these criteria, please call 812-855-0635 to schedule an appointment. We are now booking about two weeks out.

If you need to talk about studying abroad, a walk-in is not appropriate for you. Please schedule an appointment to speak with an advisor and don't forget to visit the Office of Overseas Study.


Interested in some form of graduate study? Kaplan is offering free practice tests!

On February 21st Kaplan will be offering a campus-wide opportunity for students to take a free practice GMAT, GRE, LSAT, MCAT, DAT, and OAT administered under simulated testing conditions at the IU Kelly School of Business.

Kaplan’s Practice Test is a terrific opportunity for prospective business, graduate, law, medical and dental students to answer a critical question, "If I took the exam today, how would I score?"

Last year, tens of thousands of Kaplan Practice Test participants assessed their test-taking skills while learning valuable strategies to help them ace the real test. Since admission to LAW, BUSINESS, GRADUATE, MEDICAL and DENTAL school is fierce, a high exam score is crucial to the admissions process.

Kaplan would like to invite your students to participate in the Kaplan Practice Test Event taking place on your campus on February 21st. To register, students may call 1-800-KAP-TEST today or visit Kaplan online at www.kaptest.com/practice.
They may also contact Keely Davenport via email at Keely.davenport@kaplan.com

Also, Kaplan would like to inform all IU students that between now and the end of January, they are offering $100 OFF for any Kaplan Graduate Course.

Higher Scores Guaranteed!! Register at 1-800-KAP-TEST or KAPTEST.com

Thursday, January 29, 2009


The SPEA Undergraduate Recognition Ceremony and Reception will take place at 7:00 p.m. at the IU Auditorium on Friday, May 8, 2009. There will be plenty of food (hors d'oevres, desserts, and beverages) and much merriment. This is SPEA's own special ceremony to celebrate the accomplishments of its seniors graduating in December 2008 and May, June, and August 2009.

You will receive additional information about these events at a later date.

Friday, May 8, 2009: SPEA Undergraduate Recognition Ceremony and Reception
IU Auditorium
7:00 p.m. - Reception
8:00 p.m. - Ceremony

Saturday, May 9, 2009: IU Graduation
10:00 a.m. - Assembly Hall

See you on May 8!

Want to earn some cash?

I sent this message out via e-mail, but I thought it would be a good idea to post it here as well:

My name is Michael Greene and I am an academics intern within the athletic department. I work with Jackie Strobel, our Tutor Coordinator, with our Tutor Program that provides services to all student-athletes to complement the classroom experience and assist with course content questions. We are looking to hire tutors for the SPEA introductory courses, V160, V161, and E162.

Typically we hire undergraduates who have recently been successful in the class, but we also hire graduate students and others who are qualified. We pay $11 per hour for graduates. If you have an interest in becoming a tutor for a SPEA course, please contact me at the information provided below.

Thank you for your assistance,
Mike Greene
Indiana University Athletics
Academic Services

If you are interested in tutoring (GREAT opportunity), be sure to contact Mike via his e-mail.

Snowed Out

For those of you trying to reach the office yesterday, we were not in due to the campus being closed. For those of you who had appointments with us, please call 812-855-0635 so we can reschedule as soon as possible!

During winter storms like the one we've had the past few days, be sure to keep an eye on http://indianauniversity.info/.

We are back in session today, however, so all appointments scheduled for today are still on and our walk-in hours are still from 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Be safe and stay warm!

Monday, January 26, 2009

Walk-in Hours for January 26-January 30

Walk-in hours this week are Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 1:00-3:00 p.m. Remember, you must have your advisement report with you before you sign in.

Bear in mind that walk-ins are for admitted students with brief, specific questions or students adding a minor. If you do not fit these criteria, please call 812-855-0635 to schedule an appointment. We are now booking about two weeks out.

If you need to talk about studying abroad, a walk-in is not appropriate for you. Please schedule an appointment to speak with an advisor and don't forget to visit the Office of Overseas Study.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

SPEA Undergraduate Student Association Meeting Today 6:00

This was sent to your e-mail, but I thought I'd re-post as a reminder:

You are invited to attend the SPEA Undergraduate Student Association’s first meeting of the semester at 6:00 p.m. in the SPEA Atrium. SPEA USA is a new organization looking to improve the undergraduate experience. Thus, your input is paramount. If you are unable to attend but have comments or suggestions, please send an e-mail to speausa@indiana.edu. We hope to see you there!

What: SPEA Undergraduate Student Association meeting
When: Thursday, Jan. 22 at 6:00 p.m.
Where: SPEA Atrium

Scholarship Deadline

The SPEA Scholarship deadline is tomorrow, January 23. Please visit the web site for more information and to apply. There is a wide variety of scholarships, so check them all out and see if you qualify. It never hurts to submit an application!

eDrop and eAdd

At this point, the waitlist has dissolved and if you want to adjust your schedule, you will need to use eDrop/eAdd via OneStart.

If you need help, the Office of the Registrar made these great screen print-out instructions:

For eDrop: http://registrar.indiana.edu/pdfs/eDrop.pdf

For eAdd: http://registrar.indiana.edu/pdfs/eAdd.pdf

For all late drop and late add procedure, please refer to the registrar’s guidelines: http://registrar.indiana.edu/dropadd.shtml#late

Important Dates

Just wanted to highlight some important dates for you:

January 27: Last day for pass/fail option for first eight week classes
February 7: Last day for pass/fail option for full-term classes
February 11: Last day for course drop with Automatic "W" for first eight week classes
March 7: First eight week classes end (Final exams during week of March 2)
March 9: Second eight week classes begin
March 11: Last day for course drop with Automatic "W" for full-term classes
March 14: Spring recess begins after last class
March 23: Spring recess ends; classes resume at 8 a.m.
March 27: Last day for pass/fail option for second eight week classes
April 14: Last day for course drop with Automatic "W" for second eight week classes
May 2: Last day of classes (full-term and second eight weeks)
May 4-May 8: Final exam period (full-term and second eight weeks)
May 13: Grades are official as of this date. Term and cumulative GPA's are now available in Onestart Student Center.

I will be reminding you of these deadlines as they approach throughout the semester.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Walk-ins for the Week of January 19-January 24

Walk-in hours this week (and most weeks throughout the semester) are Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Remember, you must have your advisement report with you before you sign in. Bear in mind that walk-ins are for admitted students with brief, specific questions or students adding a minor. If you do not fit these criteria, please call 812-855-0635 to schedule an appointment. We are now booking about two weeks out.

If you need to talk about studying abroad, a walk-in is not appropriate for you. Please schedule an appointment to speak with an advisor and don't forget to visit the Office of Overseas Study.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

How to Find Your Advisement Report

1. Go to onestart.iu.edu.
2. Log in.
3. Click "Student Self Service."
4. You should see this screen. Click on "SIS Go to Student Center" (circled below)

5. Once you've clicked that, you should see this screen and click "My Academics & Grades."

6. Once you've clicked that, you should see this screen. Click "View My Advisement Report."

7. Once you've clicked that, you should see this screen. Select "Bloomington" and "Degree Progress & Transcript" from the given drop boxes (as selected and circled below). Then click "Go" and you should arrive at your Advisement Report. Make sure to select Expand All so that all of your information shows on the report. Please print and bring to all of your advising appointments!

Walk-in hours: January 12 - January 15, 2009

Walk-in hours for the first week of classes are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9:00-11:00 a.m. and 1:00-3:00 p.m. YOU MUST BRING YOUR ADVISEMENT REPORT TO ALL APPOINTMENTS AND WALK-INS, SO PRINT IT BEFORE YOU COME!

Some of you ask, “Why do I need my advisement report? I just have one little question! It doesn’t even have anything to do with that!”

The answer is this: Your advisement report gives the advisor tons of information about your academic history and current registration. It shows exactly how what you’ve taken is fulfilling your degree requirements, as well as which requirements you have yet to fulfill. That is why it is so important to making walk-ins and appointments as productive and helpful for you as possible!

If you are concerned about the environmental ramifications of printing your advisement report, be sure to print it front and back, two pages per sheet, and recycle it once it’s become obsolete (for example: you’ve changed your registration, a grade has been changed).

As always, post your questions here or send me and e-mail (jsimendi@indiana.edu) and I’ll be sure to answer as soon as I can!

New Semester, New Speons, New Blog!

Welcome to the brand-spanking-new, SPEA Undergraduate Blog! This will be an up-to-date resource for you to check our hours for walk-ins, our policies for appointments, reminders, and deadlines. You will be able to post comments, ask questions, and have those questions answered! Please let us know what you think!