Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Winter Break Office Hours

Safe travels and enjoy your time away from school! Here in the SPEA UPO, we will observe normal office hours, open from 8-5 daily if you need to call to make an appointment or check into anything. However, we will be short-staffed as our employees take time to spend with family, so please be patient with us if your call is not answered or an email not immediately returned.

We will NOT have walk-in hours over the break. We will have limited appointments available; all advising over break will be by appointment only. We have phone appointments available if you can't wait to return to Bloomington to resolve an issue.

We will be closed:

December 24--closed for the Christmas holiday
December 31--closed for the New Year's holiday

The first week of classes of the spring semester will be walk-ins only.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Commencement...Graduation...What's the Difference?

Around this time of year, we start to get a lot of questions about graduation and Commencement. We've just asked you to apply for spring and summer graduation, and December gradution is right around the corner! But many inquiries confuse something--the Commencement ceremony is not quite the same thing is graduating.

Let’s separate two thing out—there’s official graduation (the university conferring a degree and you receiving a diploma) and there’s Commencement. Graduation is certified after final grades are in, and, I know this seems odd, after the Commencement ceremony. This means that you walk in Commencement before you have officially graduated--and even means that, sometimes, if a requisite course is failed or is incomplete, a student may walk in Commencement but not actually graduate. Students sign up for Commencement in good faith that they will graduate, and we certainly have students who are short in the end because of transfer credits, failing grades, and internships not being completed—but this is all after Commencement. In short--just because you walk in Commencement doesn't mean you've graduated. Yet.

One more thing--your official graduation date isn't the date you walk in Commencement. It's the date your degree is conferred, so for summer graduates, this is particularly significant. If you finish your coursework in August, you graduate in August--even if you walk in May (which is very normal and many of our students do this).

To add one more wrinkle, in addition to the University Commencement Ceremony, SPEA holds its own private Recognition Ceremony each May to honor our graduates. If you run into any confusion when it comes time to graduate--or commence!--please don't hesitate to contact us, or to contact the Office of Universtiy Ceremonies, which handles IU Commencement.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Thanksgiving Break

This Week: Walk-ins are cancelled for the Thanksgiving holiday (affecting Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, November 23, 24, and 25). Safe travels, and enjoy your turkey!

We will have limited appointments available through Wednesday, but the office will be closed on Thursday and Friday (November 25 and 26).

Thursday, October 28, 2010

How to Apply for Graduation

Graduating this spring or summer? Remember to apply for graduation! Students planning to graduate in May, June, or August 2011 will need to complete an application for graduation prior to December 1st, 2010.

In order to complete your application for graduation, you must be registered for your spring semester – we cannot help you to be sure you are ready to graduate until you have registered.
Students must complete a graduation application with an advisor. You may utilize:

1. A group session – meeting with a group of students, the academic advisors will preview your record and be ready to help you complete the application. Students must register here for these sessions so that we can prepare for you. Sessions are scheduled for 1 hour, and students should plan to spend an hour, and can be pleasantly surprised if finished early.
Sessions will be offered:
Wednesday Nov. 10th 10:00am – 11:00am
Thursday Nov. 11th 1:00pm-2:00pm
Wednesday Dec. 1st 9:30am – 10:30am
Wednesday Dec. 1st 11:00am -Noon

2. A walk-in – special times will be set aside for walk-in graduation applications only (10 minutes or less) and will be announced soon via email. You may also utilize walk-ins during our normal scheduled times. In order to use this method, you MUST:
a. Be sure that all transfer credits are in (if you have them)
b. Any outstanding Incomplete’s or R’s are complete, or are in the process of being completed.

3. An appointment - if you feel you will need additional time(30 minutes) to talk with the advisor. For grad aps only, we encourage you to check out a group session or walk-ins.

We are excited to help you apply for graduation!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Second Eight Weeks Class--V275

Looking for a second eight-weeks class? Consider V275, Introduction to Emergency Management! The course will meet Mondays and Wednesdays from 7:00-9:30 p.m. and counts as a major selection for:

Public Management
Nonprofit Management
Environmental Management
Legal Studies
Health Administration
Policy Analysis

However, as it is not a regularly offered course, it will not automatically count in your degree. You will need to drop into our walk-ins or schedule an appointment to complete a substitution form for it to count properly—the course is approved, so this is merely a paperwork issue, but it is vital that you complete the paperwork. If you decide to register for this course, please remember to complete the sub form with an advisor.

More info on the course:

Introduction to Emergency Management
2nd 8 Weeks, Fall 2010

Debra Schneck, Instructor
7:00-9:30 pm, Monday & Wednesday

Emergency management is a rapidly expanding multidisciplinary field that requires educated professionals with individual backgrounds in public, nonprofit, and for-profit management, policy analysis, public health, environmental studies, and risk communications, among many, many others. In fact, in the future, it is quite likely that professionals will have some relationship or role in emergency management, whether it relates to business and government continuity, the specific role and response of their organization, or as a professional responder or volunteer. This course provides a basic introduction and overview of the principles and practices of emergency management at the local, state, national and international levels; discusses intergovernmental and intra-governmental relationships important to emergency operations; provides an overview of the current U.S. emergency management system; outlines the general concepts of preparedness, mitigation, response and recovery; and, provides students with the resources necessary to critically assess media reports, popular culture, and political rhetoric related to disasters. This course will discuss basic best practices and proper methodologies for emergency managers as well as ways that students can further develop skills and capabilities that may be important to future employers, either directly or as part of other duties, as they seek individuals who are familiar with the language and general practice of emergency management activities.
The course will include some lecture, class discussion, reading assignments, internet-based assignments, and video presentations. Course requirements include two tests; the preparation of a case summary; and the completion of two Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) online lessons. The case summary will describe the conditions surrounding a specific emergency chosen by the student and as seen through the lens of the student’s academic interests. For instance, a student interested in working for a nonprofit organization could choose to write about the Red Cross’ role in a particular hurricane response and recovery. Students will also be expected to complete two FEMA online courses: IS-230, Principles of Emergency Management, and IS-22, Citizen Preparedness. These take a few hours to complete; the lessons are free; the student receives an electronic certificate for each; and it introduces students to different types of online certification programs which students may pursue on their own through the auspices of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)/FEMA.
Ms. Schneck has over 20 years experience in the areas of emergency preparedness, and licensing and regulatory support for nuclear facilities (both commercial nuclear power plants and defense facilities), as a consultant/contractor and after 9/11, as an employee of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). As an Emergency Preparedness Specialist at the NRC, her responsibilities included being the FEMA Coordinator for the Agency. Earlier as an independent consultant/contactor, she performed work for the NRC, FEMA, the Department of Energy, the Tennessee Valley Authority, private utilities, and various state and local emergency management agencies. Her projects, specific to emergency planning and preparedness, included providing assistance for drills and exercises; preparing revisions to emergency plans and procedures; performing reviews of regulations and related industry standards; acting as a Controller/Evaluator/Observer in emergency response facilities during emergency preparedness drills and exercises; and, reviewing state and local emergency plans and procedures for completeness and compatibility. Currently, she is a PhD student and Associate Instructor at Indiana University-Bloomington, and is still used occasionally in the summertime in a training role, and as a non-technical evaluator at NRC- and FEMA-evaluated radiological emergency preparedness exercises.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

What is the Auto-W Deadline?

The Auto-W Deadline is the final day that you can drop a course for an automatic grade of W. The W on your transcript indicates that you began a course but withdrew from it before completing the course. It does not affect your GPA, but dropping a course may affect your full-time student status--check with an advisor or the Registrar if you are unsure if dropping a course will take you below full-time status.

The Auto-W Deadline is set by the university. For full-term classes this fall semester, the date is Wednesday, October 27. You can always find these dates on the Registrar's Calendar.

Use Onestart to drop courses--the e-drop feature on Onestart will permit you to drop a course up through the unversity deadline. You do not have to see an advisor to drop a course or add a second eight weeks course, but we encourage you to utilize our walk-in hours or an appointment if you have quesitons or are concerned.

Students intending to drop a course for a grade of W must do so prior to the university deadline as set by the Registrar. SPEA abides by all university policies and deadlines, including those regarding withdrawals. After the Auto-W date you cannot access e-drop and cannot drop a course without extenuating circumstances, documentation, and an involved exception appeal process.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

A Friendly Reminder to Plan Ahead

As we get further into the semester, you may be beginning to think about next semester's classes, long-term academic plans, the possibility of studying abroad...all things that we're happy to help you with here in the Undergrad Advising office. But here's the catch--just as you need to plan ahead with these opportunities, you need to plan ahead when scheduling your advising appointment.

So, the reminders:

1) We don't do same-day appointments. Your advisor needs time to prepare for you, which means the soonest we'll ever schedule is next-day.
2) BUT--we're often booked further out than a day anyway. Right now, for instance, we're booking most appointments a week in advance. Please don't wait to make an appointment until you're on a deadline. We may not be able to make an appointment in time.
3) These big-picture, long-term plans need to happen in an appointment. We can't cover even half of what you'd need to talk about in a walk-in. Please continue to utilize walk-ins for schedule changes, adding minors, or other quick quesitons, but leave the study abroad, Washington Leadership Program, Accelerated Master's Program, and four-year plans to an appointment.

Have a great week, and we hope to see you all soon!

Friday, August 27, 2010

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

Our office is holding Walk-In Advising Only for the first two weeks of classes. Our daily schedule is 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Please note the following exceptions to this schedule:
Wednesday, Sept. 1: no afternoon walk-ins
Friday, Sept. 3: walk-ins from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. only
Monday, Sept. 6: closed all day—Labor Day Holiday (PLEASE NOTE: Classes still meet on Labor Day!)

If you have any questions about adjusting your schedule, adding/dropping a course, or making a course pass/fail, please visit us during these extended walk-in hours.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

End-of-Internship Paperwork

Nearing the end of your summer internship? If you're earning credit for a SPEA internship, remember that paperwork is due at the completion of your internship.

The following items must be filed before credit for your internship will be awarded:

Internship Summary Report: During the last week of your internship, you will be required to complete an online summary of your duties, responsibilities, and experiences. The information from the summary will be made available to current and future students via the online Internship Summary Database, so try to be as professional, yet honest, as possible.

Supervisor Evaluation: During the last week of your internship, your supervisor is required to complete an online evaluation of your work. The information regarding the evaluation is emailed to your internship supervisor when your internship is approved. Please note that students are NOT allowed access to this form. OCS can only email login information to the supervisor, not the student.

For more information, check out Career Services' webpage on internships, and take a look at their FAQs.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Summer to Fall Advising

A quick reminder--we are in the office all summer, and are available for in-person or phone advising appointments. If you have questions before the fall semester begins, call us at 855-0635. You're welcome to email quesitons to speaugrd@indiana.edu, but be aware that many questions may ultimately require an appointment.

We do not have walk-ins over the summer, but our first two weeks of the semester will be all walk-ins. Watch for a schedule to be posted soon.

Have a safe and fun summer, and don't hesitate to get in touch with your questions before the semester starts!

Friday, June 25, 2010

V450 Courses Fall 2010

Check the chart below to see which of our fall Topics Courses will count for your major

V450/V534 International NGO Management
Management, Nonprofit Management, Public Management, Policy Analysis
V450 American Intelligence Community
Management, Legal Studies, Public Management, Policy Analysis
V450/V550US Foreign Policy and Third World Regimes
Management, Legal Studies, Nonprofit Management, Public Management
V450/V550 Political Economy of Africa
Management, Legal Studies, Nonprofit Management, Public Management, Policy Analysis
V450/378 WLP Policy Process in US Fed. Agencies
Management, Environmental Management, Health Administration, Public Financial Management, Legal Studies, Nonprofit Management, Public Management, Policy Analysis
V450/E476 Environmental Law & Regulation
Management, Environmental Management, Legal Studies, Policy Analysis
V450/E400/H455 Controversies in Environmental Health (2nd 8wks)
Management, Environmental Management, Health Administration, Legal Studies, Nonprofit Management, Public Management, Policy Analysis
V450/A241Inside Community Arts Organizations
Nonprofit Management, Public Management, Arts Administration
V450 Political Economy and Public Policy
Management, Public Financial Management, Nonprofit Management, Public Management, Policy Analysis
V450 Climate Change and Electricity
Management, Environmental Management, Legal Studies, Nonprofit Management, Public Management, Policy Analysis
V450/V462 Community Development
Management, Environmental Management, Public Financial Management, Legal Studies, Nonprofit Management, Public Management, Policy Analysis
V450 Advocacy, Community Service and Social Change
Management, Health Administration, Nonprofit Management, Public Management
V450/E400 Leadership & Creativity in Environmental Policy
Management, Environmental Management, Legal Studies, Nonprofit Management, Public Management, Policy Analysis
V450/V550 Introduction to Urban Planning
Management, Environmental Management, Nonprofit Management, Public Management, Policy Analysis
V450/E555/V550/E400 Conservation for the 21st Century
Environmental Management, Policy Analysis
V450/V550 The European Union on the World Stage
Management, Public Management, Policy Analysis
V450/V550 International Organizations and Global Agendas
Management, Nonprofit Management, Public Management, Policy Analysis

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Remember to Register your Internship!

See the reminder below from the Career Services Office, and please note your internship is a requirement for your degree.

*If you have already completed an internship and have submitted all your paperwork, please disregard this email!*

If you have an internship lined up for this summer and you would like to use it to fulfill your internship requirement, you need to submit an Internship Contract before you start interning.

If you have an internship set up for the summer, click HERE to complete the internship contract.

Internship contracts may be filed with our office after the end of spring semester as long as you file a contract for approval BEFORE you start interning!

If you have any questions regarding the paperwork or requirements, please call (812-855-9639) or email me at katbramb@indiana.edu.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Happy Spring Break!

Stay safe, have fun, don't think about SPEA too much. Enjoy your time away!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Auto-W Deadline Wednesday the 10th

Wednesday, March 10 is the last day for students to withdraw from a regular semester course with an automatic W. Deadline to withdraw is 9 p.m. SPEA abides by university policy and does not allow withdrawals from regular semester classes after this date.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Film Festival

The MOSAIC film festival event will provide a great opportunity for education as well as participation in discussions, and involvement with Bloomington's social and public service organizations.

The event is Saturday March 6 at 1 and will be at the Ellettesville Public Library.

Sponsered by Diversity Theatre: Diversity Theatre exists to increase awareness of discrimination andinequity in race, ethnicity, disability, gender, sexual orientation,aging, and homelessness. The company dispels myths about members of minority groups, promotes full participation in society, and serves as a catalyst for change.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

SPEA Helping Haiti

Students are raising money to benefit Partners in Health and their relief efforts in Haiti. Please consider purchasing a fun SPEA T-shirt or participating in our “Bowling for Haiti” event on Saturday, April 10th. The students are pre-selling T-shirts and tickets for the bowling event in the Tavis Smiley Atrium. Here’s what they have to say about the two fundraisers:

1) Do you wish you had more SPEA apparel to sport around campus and your family? Are you looking for a comfortable t-shirt to keep you cool during spring and summer? Well, here’s your chance! “Haiti Helpers” will be pre-selling “SPEA Toolkit” t-shirts in the Tavis Smiley Atrium through Thursday, March 11 during various hours from 9am-5pm.
The cost is only $10. Depending on how many are ordered, there will be at least a $5 donation made per shirt to help earthquake relief in Haiti.
Order now and have your shirt waiting for you when you get back from Spring Break!
Checks and cash accepted.

2) Do you like to bowl? Do you like to compete? Do you want to support a good cause? Then “Bowling for Haiti” is just for you! It only costs $10 for two games and shoe rental! Come as a team of as many as six or solo and make new friends and compete against other students and faculty for prizes. $8 from every participant will benefit Haiti earthquake relief.
What: “Bowling for Haiti” benefit competition
When: Saturday, April 10, 2010 3pm-6pm
Where: Classic Bowling Lanes, 1421 North Willis Drive, Bloomington, IN 47404Why: To support a great cause: raise donations for Haiti earthquake relief!
Checks and cash accepted.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Winter Sheet Mulchin' Party

...presented by the IU Student Association and Sprouts

February 27, 1-5 p.m.

Take in the sun! Help IU become more sustainable. Learn how to grow organic food. Be part of the solution to hunger in our community.

The Sprouts garden is located at the corner of 8th Street and Fess, just north of Dunn Meadow.

More info at http://www.indiana.edu/~sustain/Clearinghouse/Students_Producing_Organics_under_the_Sun_(SPROUTS).html

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Academic Support Centers

Did you know that there are centers located on campus where you can receive help with math and writing, plus attend free workshops on improving your academic performance? They're the Academic Support Centers, or ASCs. Located in Forest, Briscoe, and Teter quads, they're open Sunday through Thursday for tutoring from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Check out their website as well for more information about free workshops on study skills, test-taking tips, and other academic topics that can help you excel.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Study Abroad Deadlines--Reminder

Just a quick reminder--the application deadlines for Oxford and Pamplona are quickly approaching.

Oxford--apply by February 9

Pamplona--apply by February 15

And, since the Scholars in Global Citizenship Program deadline was extended, you have until this Friday, February 5 to apply.

See our study abroad webpage for application links.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Scholars in Global Citizenship - Deadline Extended!

The deadline has been extended for the wonderful Scholars in Global Citizenship program, travelling to South Korea this summer. If you're interested in pursuing an individually crafted research project, exploring Seoul and other regions of South Korea, and spending a couple of weeks experiencing Asia first-hand, apply for this one-of-a-kind study abroad program!

The program includes a second-eight weeks course in addition to the trip to South Korea, which occurs right after the end of the spring semester. Please find more information at :

The application is online, and don't hesitate to contact us with any questions! Applications are now due February 5!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Study Abroad--Three Great Opportunities!

IU at Oxford
Information Session - Friday, Jan. 22 at 3:00 pm in BUS 209
Come learn about a “ludicrously good” summer program hosted by the School of Public and Environmental Affairs on Friday, January 22 from 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm in Kelley School of Business Room 209.

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. 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 currently 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 sample a variety of world cuisines, including British, Thai, Chinese, Japanese, Lebanese, Indian, and Italian fare.

Participants 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.

For more information, visit www.spea.indiana.edu/IUatOxford or contact Stephanie Hayes Richards, Associate Director, IU at Oxford Program at steprich@indiana.edu.

Pamplona, Spain

Study economic evaluation of health, safety, and environmental issues in Pamplona, Spain with Dean John Graham in summer 2010. In addition to six credit hours of SPEA courses, there will be three excursions, optional field trips, and plenty of opportunities for travel. Applications for this low-cost program are available at http://www.indiana.edu/~overseas/applications/summer.shtml#app through February 15. For more information, go to http://www.speapamplona.info and http://www.indiana.edu/~overseas/flyers/pamplona.html. Information is also available for undergraduates in room 240 and graduate students in room 260.

AND: Deadline Extended for Scholars in Global Citizenship application. Apply now!