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January 17, 2017

Squirrel tube?

Squirrel in a gerbil-tube on campus
A squirrel makes use of one of the campus's "gerbil tubes" last week. | PHOTO BY DEB NEARY

Holocaust Remembrance Program

The moving program includes a keynote by Tibor Klopfer of the Holocaust Education Center of Indiana speaking on "A Family's Experience -- Hungarian Jews in the Holocaust"; remarks by Karen Dace, vice chancellor for diversity, equity and inclusion; a performance by the IUPUI University Choir; and a memorial candle-lighting by IUPUI students and faculty. 

Join us on Thursday, Jan. 26, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. in the IUPUI Campus Center Theater. Public parking is available in the Vermont Street parking garage. 

Visiting scholar: Timothy Eatman

Please join us for sessions with visiting scholar Timothy Eatman, associate professor at Syracuse University and co-director of Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life. Eatman is an essential voice for teaching and encouraging faculty and graduate students engaged in public scholarship. IUPUI has declared community engagement one of its central goals; Eatman's voice in knowledge-creation in higher education can catalyze community-engaged research at our campus. He will be available for three workshops on public scholarship and promotion and tenure. His work and that of Imagining America is toward improving conditions for current engaged faculty; it is a valuable resource for graduate education, pipeline and campus diversity.

William M. Plater Civic Engagement Medallion

Applicants for the Plater Civic Engagement Medallion are undergraduate, master's or doctoral students who will receive their degrees by August 2017. Students who completed their degree requirements in December 2016 are also eligible to apply. Applications close March 1, and nominations close Feb. 27.

All-time-high GPA for IUPUI Athletics

The IUPUI Athletics Department had another banner semester in the classroom this past fall, recording a slew of new records along the way. Departmentally, IUPUI student-athletes recorded a collective 3.40 GPA, marking the highest in the program's history. Every IUPUI sport registered a team GPA of 3.0 or better, and five sports (men's basketball, men's golf, volleyball, women's soccer, and women's swimming and diving) had their highest-ever team GPA. 

Head coach Steve Payne's volleyball team recorded the highest team GPA of any team in program history at 3.92, while head coach Chris Johnson's women's soccer team had a 3.72 mark. Head coach John Andrews' men's golf team was tops among the men's programs at 3.36. 

Thirty-eight student-athletes achieved a perfect 4.0 GPA, and 79 percent of the population (206 of 260 student-athletes) earned a 3.0 GPA or better. 

Charles R. Bantz Fellowship application

In 2015, in recognition of the leadership and contributions of Charles R. Bantz to the IUPUI campus and the Indianapolis community, IUPUI established the Charles R. Bantz Chancellor's Community Fellowship. This fellowship reflects Bantz's dedication to research that creates university-community partnerships and results in community impact.

The Bantz Community Fellowship provides one year of support for a collaborative research team (i.e., faculty, student(s), community partner/members) to address a community issue in Central Indiana.

The Bantz Community Fellowship is awarded through a competitive application process on an annual basis. Proposals may request up to $50,000, with a required additional cash or in-kind match (minimum 20 percent) from the school, community partner, and/or other grants and partners.

Applicants to the Charles R. Bantz Chancellor’s Community Fellowship must complete all sections of the application form. Applications are due by 5 p.m. Monday, March 6.

New Canvas Tool 

The Latino Recruitment and Retention Task Force has created a Canvas site, "DACA Student Resources," to provide staff and faculty with information and resources to support DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) students on the IU campuses. This site explains DACA and issues such as tuition and financial aid as they relate to residency status. The site also provides legal and other resources for students who may have concerns under the new United States administration. Faculty or staff who would like access to the site can find it and request access through the link above or by email at daca@iupui.edu.

HANDS in Autism Workshop

HANDS in Autism will be conducting a series of intensive three-day programming and workshop events over the next few months. The intensive training focuses on providing hands-on experience and coaching in a simulated work environment. Individuals with disabilities participate, facilitating a rich learning environment for all. While the program includes traditional methods such as lectures and discussion, the emphasis of training is building increased skill and knowledge of the process of making appropriate programming decisions for each individual, workplace and intervention team through hands-on application and learning.

The next workshop will take place on campus from Jan. 25 to 27. 

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