Monday, May 9, 2011

Miss Us? We're Here all Summer

Remember, just because you all leave town doesn't mean that we close down shop! The SPEA Undergraduate Programs and Advising Office remains open all summer long, with normal operating hours. We're happy to continue to schedule appointments, and, if you're away for the summer, can arrange for phone or Skype appointments to address advising needs.

The only changes for the summer months? We do not have walk-in hours--advising is by appointment only. Also, please be aware that many of our advisors are assisting in overseas programs, helping future SPEAons at orientation advising, or taking time for vacation during the summer--so please be flexible with our staff. Thanks!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Congratulations, Graduates!

To all SPEA students concluding their undergraduate careers this week--congrats!

And--to all SPEA students attending the Recognition Ceremony this Friday, here's the basic info. Please remember that we do need you to RSVP!

We are very excited to celebrate the culmination of your undergraduate studies on the evening of Friday, May 6 with the SPEA Recognition Ceremony at the IU Auditorium! As a reminder, the reception will begin at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 for early check-in). The ceremony itself will begin at 8 p.m. All graduates need to be checked in prior to 7:30 in order to line up for the procession into the Auditorium.

If anyone in your party requires assistance because of a hearing, visual, or mobility disability, please let me know so that we can provide appropriate accommodation.

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We will provide substantial appetizers and desserts as well as beverages before the ceremony.
Attire for the event is business professional. We suggest a suit and tie for gentlemen and a suit, skirt suit, business-appropriate dress (with wrap or cardigan if needed) or skirt or dress pants and blouse/sweater for ladies. Though the ceremony is a celebratory event, we recommend thinking if your outfit would be appropriate for dinner with your boss or a similar professional situation when assessing your clothing selection for the evening.

Again, congratulations on arriving at this point in your college career, and we look forward to celebrating with you!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Scholars in Global Citizenship--Vietnam

Have you been thinking about your summer plans, but haven't been able to come up with anything exciting? Consider this 3-week study abroad program in Vietnam, led by Prof. Matt Auer, the dean of the Hutton Honors College and SPEA professor. This program will be sure to open your eyes, expand your horizons, and stand out on your resume!

IU Summer Course in Vietnam! A Few Spaces Still Available!

* SPEA - V450 Scholars in Global Citizenship - Environmental Policy and Management in Vietnam

* Professor - Matthew Auer, Dean of Hutton Honors College and SPEA faculty

* Summer 2011 SPEA-V450 (Honors credit eligible) 3 credit hours

* June 24, 2011 - July 16, 2011

* To apply, please contact Stephanie Lewis ( by February 28, 2011

The Scholars in Global Citizenship Program (SGCP) prepares groups of high-achieving IU undergraduates to discover and learn from countries that are in the midst of major economic and political changes. Our country of interest in 2011 is Vietnam.

More information at:

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

SPEA Abroad Deadline Extensions

Deadlines have been extended for TWO SPEA Abroad programs! SPEA in Moscow requires all applications to be in by Friday, February 18, and SPEA in Speyer, Germany requires applications by Friday, February 25. The Moscow program will study Russia’s systems of public policy and administration, and the Speyer program will investigate policy and administration in the EU, Germany, and the US.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Study Abroad--Deadlines!

Deadlines for application to two of SPEA's largest summer programs for undergraduates, SPEA in London and SPEA in Pamplona, are approaching! Applications are due Monday, February 14 for BOTH of these programs. Learn more and apply online.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Winter Weather...

Here in the SPEA Undergraduate Programs and Advising Office, we try to be available to you, our students, as much as possible. However, winter weather conditions--especially poor road conditions--sometimes make this impossible. We'll do our best to alert you as soon as possible if we have to cancel. You can help us with this by watching your email, and, if you have an appointment scheduled during a winter storm, check your email before coming in.

Walk-ins have been cancelled for this afternoon. Tomorrow's walk-ins are tentatively on the schedule, but please watch your email for updates.

The Happy Dancing Snowflake thanks you.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

SPEA Abroad

Have you checked out the overseas opportunities available through SPEA for this summer? If not, now is a great time to take a look! SPEA has programs in England, Germany, Vietnam, Spain, China, Russia--have SPEA, will travel.

Applications for many programs are due soon, so don't delay in getting to know our programs and getting applications in. Each program has contact information on its individual page, and don't hesitate to get in touch with program directors with any questions.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011


Please join SPEA USA for their semester-opening call-out meeting at 7:30 in the Undergraduate Lounge in SPEA. Learn about upcoming opportunities and get to know your fellow SPEAons.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Walk In Hours: First Week of the Semester

The first week of the spring semester, Walk In Hours will be:

Monday through Friday, 9-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m. Admitted students and students seeking SPEA minors and certificates only.

After the first week of the semester, normal Walk In Hours will resume:

Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday 1-3 p.m. Admitted students and students seeking SPEA minors and certificates only.

Pre-SPEA students: Please contact the UPO about Pre-Admissions Advising! We're very sorry, but we cannot accomodate pre-SPEA students during walk-in hours. To give your questions the attention they deserve, please reserve a space in one of our Pre-Admissions Advising sessions.

Friday, January 7, 2011

V450 Change, IT Policy and E-Government and Tech Policy

There has been a change to a V450 course for spring--second eight weeks E-Government and Tech Policy, originally at 3 credit hours, will now be taught as a 1.5 credit hour class. It will be taught at the same time as first eight-week V450 course IT Policy, making the two a great companion pair of classes to equal the three credit hour requirement. If this change affects your schedule, please feel free to come to SPEA Walk-In Advising next week-9-11 and 1-3 every day.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Heads Up! First Day of Classes!

In last summer’s orientation materials (a planner, for students, and a guide for parents) FYE mistakenly noted Tuesday, January 11 as the first day of classes for the spring term (instead of Monday, January 10). The mistake was discovered mid-term in the fall and FYE sent multiple mass e-mails to both students and parents to correct this error – and they included this update on their regular website and on the FYMe website.

So, if you have heard that the first day of classes isn't til Tuesday...sorry, but no such luck. See you back in classes on Monday the 10th!