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January 10, 2017

International Festival

Save the date for IUPUI's 13th annual International Festival:

Wednesday, Feb. 22
10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
IUPUI Campus Center, 420 University Blvd.

The International Festival is part of IUPUI International Week 2017. You can help us make it the best International Festival yet:

  • Organizations can sign up to be an exhibitor.
  • Submit a recipe from your home country to be served at the festival
  • Attend a planning meeting (see website for dates)
  • Wear international fashions in the Best Dressed Contest and use #GlobalJags on social media for a chance to win a $50 Barnes & Noble gift card
  • Complete your GlobalJags Passport and win a prize
  • Enjoy performances by dancers, musicians and more
IUPUI's Martin Luther King Jr. events

The 48th Annual IUPUI Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Dinner, the longest-running Martin Luther King Day-related event in the Indianapolis community, will take place Sunday, Jan. 15, at 6 p.m. Organized by the Black Student Union in conjunction with IUPUI’s Multicultural Center, the dinner will take place at the Indiana Roof Ballroom downtown, 140 W. Washington St. Tickets may be purchased online.

IUPUI’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service 2017 will take place from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 16. Participants will meet for breakfast at the Campus Center and then volunteer together at community sites across Indianapolis as a way to honor King's commitment to service and social justice. Registration for this event is closed, but there is a waitlist you may join.

There are also events across other IU campuses.

Delegates from World Bank Group visit IUPUI

On Dec. 14, delegates from the World Bank Group visited IUPUI as guests of The Polis Center and the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research. The group included officers and specialists from the South Asia Disaster Risk Management team and the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery.

The World Bank team came to IUPUI specifically to learn more about The Polis Center's risk analysis and disaster-mitigation planning. They were especially interested in how Polis engages communities in mitigation planning, as well as in the center's experience with innovative technology approaches and the federally sponsored Hazus-MH modeling software for natural disasters. The agenda featured various experts from the State of Indiana, Purdue University and Indiana University discussing mitigation successes in Indiana, data resources, global food-security projects, flood risk modeling and complex data visualization.

Bringle Civic Engagement Showcase

The Robert G. Bringle Civic Engagement Showcase, named in honor of the Center for Service and Learning's founding executive director, brings together IUPUI faculty, students and community partners each year to honor and recognize IUPUI's diverse community-engagement activities.

This year's showcase will honor faculty, staff and community partners who exemplify IUPUI's commitment to deepen community engagement. The showcase will highlight the contributions of four IUPUI honorees.

Poster presentations will once again be a part of the showcase.

The event concludes with a formal recognition of those graduating students who have been awarded the prestigious William M. Plater Civic Engagement Medallion for exemplary commitment to serve their community during their college career. You are invited to attend any and all parts of the event.

RISE Curriculum Development Grant

Executive Vice Chancellor Kathy Johnson is committed to increasing course offerings that respond to the RISE to the IUPUI Challenge initiative. Faculty are encouraged to apply for a $2,500 grant for professional development or summer support to develop a new course or to redesign an existing course in line with RISE criteria. An initial amount of $2,000 will be disbursed at the beginning of the grant period; the remaining $500 will be disbursed upon submission of the final report. 

RISE courses must incorporate qualified experiences, integration of knowledge, structured reflection activities to link the experience with targeted learning outcomes, as well as assessment. These courses will be distinctive because they intentionally use experiential learning to prepare students for graduate school, careers and global citizenship. They provide skills, knowledge and experiences that are highly valued by employers and that lay the foundation for future leaders. Courses developed in the summer of 2016 must initially be offered in the 2016–17 academic year.

University Hall certified as LEED Gold building

University Hall has been officially certified as LEED Gold, according to the Office of Sustainability's director, Jessica Davis. The certification was received in late December. "University Hall is the fifth LEED building on campus, and the third Gold rating we have received -- the others are Glick and Neuroscience," said Davis. "Once North Hall is certified, which is currently in progress, we’ll have a total of six LEED buildings at IUPUI."

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