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Contents IUPUI Schools

Accomplishing High-Level Goals 2 SPEA’s New Major 4 A Few Words from the Dean… 8

Student Life:

Learn by Doing: A Guide to Experiential Learning 10 TCEM Students in Mega-Internships with the 2012 Super Bowl 14 Planning for a Super Week at University Place 16


Federal Work-Study Program Highlights 18 Once Upon of A Time... 20 Off-Campus, Work-Study Perspective 22 On-Campus, Work-Study Perspective 23 Budgeting and Banking for IUPUI Students 24


Accomplishing High-Level Goals By Greg Oppman Graduate, IU School of Informatics at IUPUI Heartland Film Festival Participant

High school taught me that if I do not complete X, Y, and Z at a certain level, the potential for success as a professional would be limited. I, therefore, believed that accomplishing the appropriate level of success in high school would open doors and boost confidence, and this proved to be true. Acquiring an accepted test score and GPA allowed me to pursue an excellent education at IUPUI. What I did not realize, as I attended classes in my first semester, is that professional success after college is not based on test scores or GPA but is more about work ethic. I came to realize that reading a thousand or more pages in one class and writing several papers was not necessarily about the letter grade. Instead this class was about training students to achieve the focus and work ethic needed for future classes and life. I came to know that although the time I put into a lab or paper might not end in a positive result, these assignments were a needed step to better understand the concept that was lectured. I came to realize that failure is sometimes necessary for success and that work ethic drives success. Understanding this pattern is important so a solid foundation can be laid. Then, when you come to the end of your senior year of your undergraduate work, you will be prepared to communicate your threshold of four years of learning and understanding. Achieving success in any desired focus of study often comes on the heels of failure but is possible if an excellent work ethic is maintained.


Greg Oppman Graduate, IU School of Informatics at IUPUI Heartland Film Festival Participant

I look back at my freshman and sophomore years and think about all the crazy things I wanted to build and create – whether it was a new device using stretchable silicon or an amazing “gotta have it” web application. Those failures led to my most recent success of having my 3D animated short film, “Girlie Jar,” screened at the Heartland Film Festival. I began my undergraduate studies in web development and design/strategy, picking up a solid understanding of computing. I had had a curiosity of how 3D graphics were computed ever since I was eight or nine, after seeing “Toy Story,” so I decided to focus my degree on 3D graphic technology and apply it in the entertainment industry. Understanding how to program and understanding the theories of computer science

allowed me to excel at the steep learning curve of 3D software, but additionally, if I had not experienced the failures I had earlier, I would not have had the success I achieved my junior or senior year. Maintaining a dedicated work ethic, I was able to learn and understand the basic principles of computing 3D graphics by doing controlled labs. When it came time for me to produce a 3D animation, I understood how to learn. Then I was able to learn how to solve unexpected problems that I experienced during the production of “Girlie Jar.” In the end, success as a professional is about gathering all of the ideas and theories you have learned, since there is never just one good idea, and having an open mind. It is very important to keep an open mind in your classes – you will be surprised at how much it will help you in the end. It is not just about the grade but the knowledge and ideas that you gain. Four years of college will go by incredibly fast, so utilize all of the resources the school has to offer. I want to leave you with this quote from an early Apple ad: “Here’s to the crazy ones. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”

IUPUI Heartland Film Festival Participants



SPEA’s New Major By Sheila Kennedy Professor, Law and Public Policy Director, Public Affairs Program School of Public and Environmental Affairs

Sheila Kennedy Professor, Law and Public Policy Director, Public Affairs Program School of Public and Environmental Affairs

There’s a lot of talk about America’s rapidly— and radically—changing media environment and what those changes mean for the profession of journalism and for democratic self-government. For example, How do voters get their information? How do we counter propaganda and spin? How do you fact-check the emails you keep getting from your crazy Uncle Ray? What does the lack of authoritative sources for news mean for our system of government? Those are some of the questions that led us to establish a new major, Media and Public Affairs, in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs. If you aren’t sure how much the media has changed, consider newspapers. Since 1990, a quarter of all newspaper jobs have disappeared. A


recent Carnegie Corporation survey found that only eight percent of people under the age of 35 rely on newspapers for their information. Another recent survey found public trust in newspapers at an alltime low. (Makes you wonder who we do trust!) Of course, a lot of what appears in our media, including newspapers, isn’t “journalism.” Even before the Internet, “infotainment” was proliferating on television, tabloids, and periodicals. It really exploded when cable stations multiplied and created 24-hour news-holes that had to be filled. All of these changes have produced intense competition for ears and eyeballs. Did a blond disappear in Aruba? Can we get pictures of Lindsey Lohan in handcuffs? Media companies believe those images are more likely to grab our attention than


news about a civil war in Africa or demonstrations on Wall Street. They may be right, but whatever the merits of information about celebrities’ sex lives, bathroom décor, and how to lose weight, that information is not and never has been journalism. Journalism is information about our communal life—about government, politics, social movements, natural disasters—and it has certain characteristics: it is factual and verified, and it is objective in the sense that it provides context and reflects all legitimate sides of an issue. Journalism provides us with the information we need in order to engage in self-government, and for that reason it is irreplaceable. That’s why freedom of the press was included in the First Amendment. And that brings us to SPEA’s new major in Media and Public Affairs. In 1959, in a book called The Fourth Branch of Government, a man named Douglass Carter wrote: “The reporter is the recorder of government but he is also a participant. He operates in a system in which power is divided. He, as much as anyone… helps to shape the course of government. He is the indispensable broker and middleman among the subgovernments of Washington….” Carter’s argument was that our system of separation of powers requires both communication between the branches of government and between government and the various constituencies that create the public. At the time when he was writing this book, newspapers, magazines, and the (then just-emerging) broadcast media were able to fill that communications function. Elected officials, public managers, and others involved in public life and policy understood the relatively simple media environment they inhabited and the tools they needed to navigate within it. This once-simple media environment has undergone—and is continuing to undergo— profound change. But what hasn’t changed is the importance of information and communication to those who manage government agencies and nonprofit organizations. Public managers need to operate effectively within the media environment they inhabit. Familiarity with “new media” is incredibly important, not just for those who want to



make a living as journalists, but to anyone who intends to go into public life or who wants to manage a public or nonprofit organization—or to anyone who wants to understand or change public policy. There is a growing, urgent need for professionals who understand how government works and understand what real journalism is and have skill communicating in all the new forms of media. Whether selling a product in a competitive private market, delivering a public service, or working to further a nonprofit’s mission, the manager has to understand how to communicate effectively with relevant constituencies. Today, the manager who is unfamiliar with blogging, Facebook, Twitter, social networking and all the other emerging modes of communication is at a severe disadvantage. At SPEA, we think turning out graduates who don’t understand and can’t navigate the new media environment is educational malpractice.


Back in the dark ages, when I was in City Hall, if the mayor wanted citizens to know about a new initiative, or about an issue affecting them, he called a news conference. The two newspapers, four television stations and five or six radio stations that constituted our entire local “media” would cover it. That time is long past. SPEA’s new major is intended to prepare people for the jobs that journalists, policy people, and managers are already filling and will fill in even greater numbers in the future. If you enroll, you’ll take a mix of courses—courses in public affairs and journalism, of course, but also in political science, informatics, and liberal arts. The goal is to graduate students who know how to use both new and traditional media tools to achieve public goals—in other words, students who know how to communicate and who have accurate, important information to share.


Our graduates will pursue careers that require an understanding of journalism, skills in new and old media, and an ability to analyze and explain public policies and performance. They will work as public information officers for government organizations; governmental affairs officers for private companies and nonprofit organizations; as all sorts of public administrators at the local, state, and federal levels; as lobbyists; as staffers to elected and appointed officials; and, of course, some may be traditional journalists. (However, those reporters will have an edge, because they’ll understand public issues and public policy. They’ll know how to read an agency’s budget, and how to fact-check political rhetoric.) And as I remind my students, not only are these and similar jobs already in high demand, they are jobs that can’t be outsourced to other countries! Newspapers, magazines, and broadcast news operations may be on life support—but there are going to be plenty of jobs for people who want

to make a difference by improving communication between government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and “we the people.” Some of those jobs are different than they used to be, and others— like public management—are basically the same, but require new communication skills. Preparing students for those jobs is what the new major in Media and Public Affairs is all about. If this sounds like a major for you, contact SPEA Student Services (317-274-4656 or infospea@, and let us provide you with the information you need to enroll.



A Few Words from the Dean… By John D. Graham Dean of Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs

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ndon, Pamplona, Moscow, places such as Beijing, Lo tomatic scholarship of up Croatia, and receive an au . to $2,000 to offset the costs at IUPUI, we When students join SPEA helping them make the immediately get to work on y to their success. One connections that will be ke er Bridge Program which example is the IUPUI Summ mpus and SPEA. introduces freshmen to ca cial and Last year, students in the So dge program worked Environmental Summer Bri rden to help harvest with the campus urban ga food pantries. The food and donate it to local d nonprofit community students also visited relate nd Helpings, a foodorganizations such as Seco anization, and Coburn reuse and job-training org shelter. Another group of Place, a domestic violence ter coat drive for PACE, freshmen coordinated a win nsition from prison to a group that helps felons tra also got to meet with productivity. SPEA students iana Supreme Court Chief Senator Richard Lugar, Ind Food Programme Justice Randall Shepard, UN islators, community director Jim Morris plus leg ls, and more. leaders, public safety officia to change the world, sire So if you have a de for that career with a SPEA can help you prepare gree that leads to many versatile “go-anywhere� de job opportunities. rts with you. At SPEA, a better world sta or @iuspea or Learn more at www.spea.iu indianapolis.



Learn by Doing: A Guide to Experiential Learning “Among my peers in school, we’re all looking for an experience that will set us apart. Because of the job market, any type of experience that will set us apart from others looking for jobs is going to be valuable.” -- Rosemary Arnold, Former Intern, Conner Prairie Interactive History Park Currently, Manager, Educational Programs, Conner Prairie Graduate Student, Museum Studies, IUPUI Career-related experience, in addition to a degree, gives students a competitive edge in a tough job market. IUPUI students have many opportunities to gain real-world experience and build a valuable professional network through internships and other forms of experiential learning. “Experiential learning” includes internships, business assistance projects, cooperative education, field work, class projects, and clinical placements – opportunities that expose students to professional settings and


provide them with practical experiences that better prepare them for the workforce. The IUPUI Solution Center works with faculty and community partners in Central Indiana to develop experiential learning opportunities for IUPUI students. Established in 2004, the Solution Center facilitates partnerships with Indiana nonprofits, businesses, and government agencies through the development of for-credit and noncredit opportunities that closely mirror the type of work students will do when they graduate. With

Isaac Arthur and Cody Fague transformed their internships into a business (CODO Design, Inc.) following their experience designing an exhibit about John Dillinger. For a video of the complete Internships Panel discussion, see


support from the Lilly Endowment and IUPUI, the Solution Center also administers the Community Venture Fund which enables businesses, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies to apply for matching-funds that seed, expand, and support paid opportunities for internships and projects. Whether you are just beginning your college studies or you are a returning student, consider how experiential learning opportunities can enhance your studies, your knowledge of your community, your network, and your resume. Make an Impact with an Internship According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), an internship is a form of experiential learning that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skills development in a professional setting. Internships give students the opportunity to gain valuable applied experience and make connections in professional fields they are considering for career paths, and give employers the opportunity to guide and evaluate talent. Internships provide students an opportunity to integrate career-related experience into an undergraduate or graduate education by participating in planned, supervised work. Generally, a good experiential learning opportunity will include a significant level of responsibility, be related to the student’s program of study and career goals, and provide a suitable mentor or supervisor who is expert in the field of the internship. Internships can be paid/unpaid and for credit/non-credit opportunities. An internship might last a semester, a summer, or an entire year. There are many benefits associated with internships. Organizations creating internships gain in terms of the student’s talent and the capacity they bring to the organization. Employers often use internships as a recruiting tool. Student interns may also gain from networking opportunities, cross-training experiences, and exposure to organizational goals and planning objectives, in addition to their primary internship

responsibilities. For most students, internships provide growth opportunities. For some students, these experiences can be transformational. Cody Fague and Isaac Arthur, graduates of Herron School of Art and Design at IUPUI and owners of CODO Design, Inc., provide a case in point. In 2009, while seniors in Herron’s exhibition design and planning track, Fague and Arthur engaged in a class project for the Indiana State Library to design an exhibit about the life and death of John Dillinger, 1930s gangster. With a matching-grant from the IUPUI Solution Center’s Community Venture Fund, the two were hired as paid interns by The Exhibit House in Indianapolis to go beyond the class project and actually develop, build, and install the exhibit, Dillinger! Forging a Hoosier Legend at the state library. “We had to make it happen,” reflected Arthur at the November 2011 University Partnerships & Reciprocity Conference at IUPUI. “That’s stuff that you don’t get when you’re in school. It was a really big opportunity for us to kind of put on our big boy pants and see what running a business was like.” Fague found especially valuable “the experience of working with production partners on deadlines with actual clients with human needs and problems” adding, “You can’t replicate that unless you make an experience like this possible. At Herron we’re actually dropped into a real situation – we have to do a real thing. We leveraged that and turned it into a business. We still show people that project to this day.” After graduation, the two started their own design firm, CODO Design, and now are in contact with the Solution Center about hiring interns. How to Find Experiential Learning Opportunities at IUPUI There are several resources students can access to find internships and other experiential opportunities. Below are a few: • RISE to the challenge Many IUPUI students benefit from experiential learning through their classes.



Experiential learning is a cornerstone of the RISE to the IUPUI Challenge initiative which engages students more deeply in their learning and contributes to their intellectual and professional development. Since 2009, each IUPUI undergraduate is challenged to include at least two of the four RISE experiences – Research, International, Service learning, and Experiential learning – into their degree programs, for which notations can be included on their official IUPUI transcripts. A list of RISE courses is compiled regularly by the Office of the Registrar for each term. Since the initiative began in fall 2009, IUPUI has identified more than 2,770 classes that offer experiential learning opportunities in subjects as diverse as architectural technology, marketing, communication studies, education, geography, art, physical education, nursing, criminal justice, and many more. Ask your advisor or faculty members for suggestions for courses in your major that include experiential learning.


• Look online Hundreds of internship opportunities are available for IUPUI students through the efforts of the Solution Center as well as career services professionals in most schools at IUPUI. Employers publicize these opportunities through IUPUITalent, which makes postings available to IUPUI students via JagJobs, and through school-based career sites. Art and Design, IU Herron School of Business, IU Kelley School of Education, IU School of Engineering & Technology, Purdue School of Informatics, IU School of Journalism, IU School of Liberal Arts, IU School of Medicine, IU School of Nursing, IU School of Physical Education & Tourism Mgmt., IU School of Public & Environmental Affairs, IU School of Science, Purdue School of Social Work, IU School of University College, IUPUI


• Meet F-2-F Additionally, students can find assistance through IUPUI Career Events, including the “Just in Time” Career Fair, Wednesday, March 28, 2012, at IUPUI. More than 600 students and 80 employers connected at the 2011 “Just in Time” Career Fair. Other 2012 career fairs include the Kelley Career Fair; the IUPUI Nonprofit Expo, coordinated by the School of Public and Environmental Affairs; and the annual Fall Career Week at IUPUI which offers opportunities and workshops for all IUPUI students. • Talk to your school career counselors, career directors, and internship coordinators Check your school’s career services office and website often for information about new openings and professional development opportunities. The staff stay current with careerrelated opportunities most applicable for majors in their schools and can offer tips and other guidance to help you land an internship while pursuing your degree. Many develop workshops, such as resume writing, and arrange for employer visits to help students gain knowledge about effective practices whether job hunting or on-the-job.

• Don’t forget your faculty! Faculty often also work with employers and career counselors to develop for-credit internships and are a great source of information about experiential learning opportunities. Many IUPUI faculty are engaged, community-based researchers with extensive networks among local leaders in business, government, and nonprofit organizations from whom they receive leads regarding internships and other employment possibilities. Ask your faculty about current trends and areas of need for interns in your discipline, and be willing to step up and get involved as opportunities arise. The IUPUI Solution Center, a division of the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, reflects IUPUI’s commitment to its community. The Solution Center services the community and the campus as a first point of contact to identify expertise, collaborative teams, communityuniversity partners, interns, and other resources that respond to community challenges. For more information about the Solution Center, see



TCEM Students in Mega-Internships with the 2012 Super Bowl By Betty Jones TCEM Internship Coordinator Mega? offers these definitions: vast; of the highest level of rank, excellence, or importance. The 2012 Super Bowl on February 5 in Indianapolis is definitely a megaevent, and IUPUI Tourism, Convention & Events Management [TCEM] students will gain megaexperience interning in 2012 Super Bowl-related venues and events. Two internships directly connect TCEM students with the 2012 Super Bowl: University Place Conference Center and Hotel internships, and NFL Experience internships. An additional benefit is that both are paid internships! IUPUI’s 4-Diamond University Place Conference Center and Hotel will host the 2012 AFC Championship Super Bowl team. ‘Hosting’ means providing superlative facilities, service, accommodations, food, meeting space, and more. University Place invited the TCEM Department to collaborate on an internship to assist them with hosting responsibilities. The result? Over 30 TCEM interns will boost staffing, earn and learn, and provide hundreds of players, coaches, and guests with the best in Hoosier—and Jaguar—Hospitality. Students selected from application and interview rounds started training sessions at University Place in November 2011. University Place is offering interns work opportunities throughout December and January in addition to required days prior to and the day after the big game. How will interns be utilized? University Place identified six areas: food and beverage servers; stewarding and culinary; PBX/Operator; concierge; facilities set-up; and receiving/purchasing. “Billed as pro football’s interactive theme park,” according to the September 2, 2011 issue of the Indianapolis Star, the NFL Experience will run from Friday, January 27 to kick-off on


STUDENT LIFE Sunday, February 5, 2012, for a total of almost 90 hours. Approximately 70 interns from Central Indiana colleges and universities will manage NFL Experience areas and volunteers assigned to the areas. Activities/areas will include “… participatory games, displays, entertainment attractions, kids’ football clinics, free autograph sessions, and a giant football memorabilia show” ( ENTERTAINMENT02/109020410/NFL-Experiencepresents-clinics-football-factory-history). Party Planners West, Inc.-Corporate Event Services, the organization tasked with hiring interns for the NFL Experience, specifically sought out TCEM students. The local PPW representative described the internship in a fall 2011 TCEM Special Events course. Several TCEM majors will intern at the 2012 NFL Experience. All TCEM students participate in for-credit internships as part of their plans of study. Students submit an internship proposal to TCEM prior to beginning a placement. They produce a reflective portfolio as evidence of experiential learning. That leads to an ‘E’/experiential learning designation on the transcript as part of IUPUI’s ‘RISE’ to the Challenge initiative. Will Indianapolis host more Super Bowls? Let’s hope so. In the meantime, annual major events in or near Indianapolis gift TCEM students with “mega-nificent” internship opportunities! Think Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the 500 and Brickyard 400, GenCon each August, and the Kentucky Derby every May. And those are just a few of the hundreds of championship internship events that host TCEM interns. The TCEM Department is in the School of Physical Education and Tourism Management. For more information about degree offerings and opportunities, visit the school’s website, or inquire at or 317-274-2248. For details about the internship program, contact TCEM Internship Coordinator, Dr. Betty Jones, at or 317-274-0642.

Super Bowl XLVI Wallpaper Design, 2012. Design by Jole Aron



Planning for a Super Week at University Place By Tom Cappucci General Manager for University Place Hotel

Imagine having a neighborhood celebration party and you are asked to have one of the guests of honor stay with you for the week leading up to the party. That is the task before University Place Conference Center and Hotel. We were selected by the NFL to host the AFC Championship team. They will arrive on Monday, January 30, 2012 and have all of their meals and meetings with us leading up to the Super Bowl game on Sunday, February 5, 2012 as well as the team’s after-game party – which hopefully will be to celebrate a win in the big game! Being awarded the privilege of hosting a team comes with a lot of unique and exciting opportunities for our property and team. The activities are basically divided into two groups – the team itself and the friends and family members of the team. While both groups will have some interaction during the week, they both also have very particular service needs and events. The team will stay the full week with us and use all 25,000 square feet of the conference center as well as the banquet rooms on the 2nd floor of the hotel. All of these areas will be secured and closed to the public. The NFL and team will hire 25-30 security personnel to be at every entrance, elevator, and stairwell in the property in addition to the lobby and front driveway, 24 hours a day. The only areas that will be open to the public will be the first floor hotel lobby, Chancellors Restaurant, Our Den Sports Bar, and Artisans Coffee Shop. Planning for the team will have a very specific structure. All sports teams like to maintain a regular routine. They want the players to feel comfortable with the environment so they only have to focus on the task at hand – preparing for the game. We will be provided very specific


menus and meeting room set ups that will need to be followed closely. We will also have a few days for the media to meet with the team. Over two hundred media personalities from around the world will be permitted to meet with the head coach and individual players for a couple of hours in the middle of the week. Special media credentials will be handed out and monitored closely by security. The campus will notice the media trucks parked around the property during these days and some street lanes will be closed to accommodate the trucks. The second group of people is the special friends and family members of the team. We are expecting approximately 400 people in this group with an additional 400-600 staying at another hotel. This group will arrive on Thursday, February 2 and stay for four nights. They will have their own activities including a welcome reception, a tailgate party, and a pre-game brunch for 1,500 people. The friends and family members are here to enjoy the city and the game. They will have buses to take them to various locations around town for shopping, sight-seeing, and dining. A special NFL store will be set up for them in the lobby to buy various NFL merchandise. The store will also be open to the public for the full week leading up to the Super Bowl. While the Super Bowl game is the main attraction for the city, here at the hotel the Aftergame Party is the big event. The party will begin around midnight and could go until sunrise if the team wins. We are expecting over 2,000 people and the whole property will be used. Only people with special invitations will be permitted into the property that evening and the security team will double in size to manage the crowds. While we are doing all we can to prepare, the final plans will happen two weeks before the Super Bowl when we find out which team will be here. Each team has their own unique way of managing their players and what activities they


want to provide for their friends and families. We have outlined a number of possible scenarios based on many discussions with other hotels who have hosted a team in the past, as well as with NFL representatives. We are preparing ourselves to be flexible and handle anything on short notice that the team requests. Food and beverage suppliers, decorating, floral businesses, and various rental companies are all on standby waiting for the final direction from the team. While the campus will be busy with all of its regular activities, this will add a new element to the campus scene since University Place is situated in the middle of campus. A lot of people will want to come to the property and try to get a glimpse of the players. For the most part, the players will be moved behind the scenes, but that will not stop people from coming and being part of the excitement. This event is a great opportunity to demonstrate to the world, the first class facility that IUPUI has on its campus. The NFL

recognized the quality of University Place, and it is an honor to have been selected to host a team. A total of 140 hotels all around Indianapolis will be participating in supporting various Super Bowl activities. The organizing, planning and execution of this once-in-a-lifetime event is creating an excitement not only at the property level but around the campus. We are hiring 60 students to help in a variety of areas. We are working closely with the IUPUI Police, IUPUI Parking and Transportation, and Campus Facilities Services to support all of the events and activities for the week. The University Place team is excited. The planning has been in the works for well over a year. Training of personnel for what we will experience has been on-going. It will be long hours and more people in a week’s time than the property has ever served. We are ready for some football! And we look forward to a super day!



Federal Work-Study Program Highlights By Jenna Corcoran Federal Work-Study Program Coordinator IUPUI Office of Student Employment Many students inquire about work-study: “What is work-study?” “How do I earn the award?” “Where can I earn my award?” and so on. Work-study is a federally-funded program that is monitored through the Office of Student Financial Services. All IUPUI students who receive financial aid could possibly qualify for a workstudy award. Students should complete their FAFSA each year to be eligible for all financial aid. Eligibility to receive a work-study award depends on multiple factors and not all students who are eligible are automatically packaged with a work-study award. If you are not packaged with an award and are curious about your eligibility, you can speak with the Office of Student Financial Services. You are probably wondering who is eligible to hire work-study students. Any department on IUPUI’s campus is eligible to hire work-study students. We also offer a Community WorkStudy Program that allows off-campus nonprofit agencies to hire IUPUI work-study eligible students. These agencies must be approved through our Community Work-Study Program office before they can hire any work-study eligible students. To discover what work-study eligible positions are out there, you can check out, IUPUI’s part-time job search site. Students will be required to create an account which will be approved by the Office of Student



Employment. Once the account is approved, students may upload their resumes and apply for positions on the Jagjobs website. Work-study has benefits for both students and supervisors. Students who are in work-study positions have fewer taxes taken out of their checks and are not required to put work-study funds they have earned throughout the year as earned income on their FAFSA. Supervisors also receive a benefit to hiring work-study eligible students. They are only required to pay 25 percent of the student’s gross earnings and the federal government pays 75 percent of the gross earnings. Sarah Cranford and Candice Childs have been in the work-study program for a few years. Sarah is a senior and works for the Office of Academic and Career Development as a Peer Advisor, and Candice is a junior and works for the Indianapolis Museum of Art as a community workstudy student. They have been kind enough to share with you their experience and the benefits of finding positions associated with IUPUI. If you would like more information about work-study or the Office of Student Employment’s services, please check out our website:, or if you have any questions about work-study including the hiring process, please contact the Office of Student Employment at If you have any questions about your workstudy eligibility or awards, please email the Office of Student Financial Services at



Once Upon A Time… By Stephanie Bonam IUPUI Senior Walt Disney World Intern Remember when you were a child and people would always ask you what you wanted to be when you grew up? Did you change your mind throughout the years? Not me. I have always been enamored with fantasy – having adventures, singing and dancing, and finding my prince charming. I have every single Classic Disney movie on VHS – and now DVD; some things never change! I was only able to visit Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, one time in my life – in first grade, and I don’t quite remember much of anything. Now, I have memories to last a lifetime, thanks to the Disney College Program! The whole process began when I saw a flyer about the Disney College Program on a billboard while walking down the hallway to one of my classes. I read through the information and decided to attend one a seminar on campus on my twenty-first birthday. I was determined to learn more about the program and was so excited to apply after attending the seminar. And when I blew out all 21

candles on my cake, I wished I would get a call back from Disney, saying I was accepted. One week later, my wish came true. The application process wasn’t too difficult; the application asks questions about the applicant and if you pass that section, someone from the Disney College Program casting personnel will call you for a phone interview. The woman who interviewed me was very personable – allowing me to feel comfortable and be myself. After asking a series of questions, she explained to me that if I were approved, I would receive an email. As fate would have it, I received the email. From there, I was able to select my internship dates; I selected January 22 – May 20, 2012. I selected the spring program, but there is also a Spring Advantage program and fall program to consider. I was also given the opportunity to have casting pair me with a roommate who they felt I would mesh well with. Funny, how she and I were complete strangers, and now I, along with two of my other roommates, will be bridesmaids in her wedding next summer!

Housing is provided for the students, and you are able to select what complex you want to live in: Patterson Court, Vista Way, or Chatham Square. You are also able to select how many people you live with: 2-8 people, two people per room. In my case, I lived at Patterson Court with five other girls. Our apartment complex was absolutely beautiful! Each room had its own walk-in closet, full bath, and plenty of space for living. Patterson Court is a brand new complex and has wonderful features such as a fully furnished apartment, a pool, clubhouse, laundry facility, and great security. Transportation is also provided to specific locations, to take you to and from work, or if you decide to go play in the parks! This was very convenient, but if you plan on going to other places in Orlando, I



highly recommend you bring your own car. Thankfully, this is a paid college program, and, if approved by your advisor, will classify as an internship. I am a public relations/marketing undergrad, but worked at Disney’s Hollywood Studios as a park greeter and had so much fun! I worked with amazing people who made work not seem like work! We created a different memory every single day that we worked, and met people from all around the world! After about a month of working at Hollywood Studios, I was transferred into entertainment and met many more wonderful people; however, I would still see my “Studios Crew” and continued to become very close with them. I still speak to the people I worked with, along with my one-of-a-kind roommates. We had such a blast and became so incredibly close that they have become lifelong friends. Due to the fact that Disney is a Fortune 500 company, it looks excellent on your resume to have been part of the Disney College Program, and it definitely peaks the interest of your future employers. Since I have been home from the program, I have been asked about my experiences on numerous occasions, and every single time, it feels like it was just yesterday that I was there!

For my internship, I was required to blog about my experiences, and now, I’m so happy that I did. I thought I would share something I wrote at the end of one of my blogs: “Disney truly is a magical place; where all things are possible, a smile is returned with a smile, and just one simple hug can turn someone’s day around.” I am now a seasonal cast member, which means I work at Disney throughout the year. There is not one day that passes by that I don’t think about Disney! I have brought so many memories and experiences back home and have learned so much about life – and myself! I’ve always known I wanted to work for Disney, and this just confirmed how truly happy I am being on the Disney team. And as Walt Disney himself always used to say, “If you can dream it, you can do it.” So go out there and experience the magic! If you would like to learn more, feel free to e-mail me at or visit http://cp.disneycareers. com/en/about-disney-college-program/overview/. You can also read more about my personal adventures and see photos from my internship at Disney Co. at



Off-Campus, Work-Study Perspective By Candice Childs IUPUI Junior Exercise Science Pre-Occupational Therapy Work-Study Student I have had the wonderful opportunity of working for the Indianapolis Museum of Art in an off-campus work-study job. I initially started working in the art galleries as a Visitor Assistant. I worked in special exhibits such as Madeleine Albright’s Pins Collection, Thornton Dial, and Andy Warhol. I was able to gain a new understanding of different forms of art and their meanings. Soon after I began working at the museum, my supervisor asked me to join the Human Resources team. This has been the best position I have had in a professional, office setting. My supervisor is now a mentor of mine. She has helped me grow in areas such as time management, multi-tasking, and effective communication. I would encourage my peers to get an off-campus work-study position, if possible. However, any part-time job could be beneficial. Work-study is a great way to network and learn skills that may be different from your area of study. It is an opportunity to experience something you may never have known you would enjoy – while earning income. It can also help you figure out what you do not enjoy, which is equally as important! The Indianapolis Museum of Art has been great to me and has offered me a very valuable work-study experience.

Candice Childs IUPUI Junior Exercise Science Pre-Occupational Therapy Work-Study Student



On-Campus, Work Study Perspective By Sarah Cranford IUPUI Senior General Studies Program Work-Study Student Work-study has opened a lot of opportunities for me by allowing me to become more involved with the university. For one thing, it is very convenient, and my supervisors know that school comes first, and they are very flexible when it comes to scheduling. Through having a job on campus, I have noticed that more students recognize me while walking down the hallway or to another building. By working on campus, I have gained more self-confidence and also a lot of skills that I will be able to use in the professional job field such as multi-tasking even better than I could before and time management (while holding a position and going to school). I have learned how to instruct and train individuals which has developed my leadership skills. My advice for current and future students would be to find a work-study position on campus because not only is it very convenient to have a class and then not have to drive to a different location for your job, but also it will allow you to gain skills for your job in the future.

Sarah Cranford IUPUI Senior General Studies Program



Budgeting and Banking for IUPUI Students Adapted by Michelle Like Staff Assistant, University College Budgeting Having a budget is never required. But having a solid, reasonable budget - and sticking to it - can be the difference between financial success and a lifetime of debt. Do you already have a job or are you looking for one? Will you have the time to balance work and school? What are your must have’s versus your wants? Take time to carefully consider all of your options, and don’t forget to ask your parents for their advice or experiences.

Student Job If you are looking for a part-time job or work study program, visit Register to check out listings for hundreds of on-campus and offcampus jobs. Another valuable resource is the Academic and Career Development office located on the 3rd floor of Taylor Hall. Visit their website at for more information on part-time jobs, internships, volunteer experiences, and more. Banking You will need a bank or credit union account. If you are moving to another city, check out whether your bank has a branch nearby. Shop among local banks in town or on campus to find the best fit for your situation. One option is the Indiana Members Credit Union located on the 2nd floor of the Campus Center. Additionally, the IUPUI campus offers other onsite ATM’s, like the Chase ATM on the north side of Cavanaugh. Have a Reserve Once you’ve chosen a bank, you should set up an emergency fund. Things happen. It might be an unexpected and costly car repair or replacement of a blown computer hard drive. Dipping into an emergency fund is wiser than getting a loan. How much money? Ideally, you want enough to cover a semester’s worth of living expenses. This includes rent or housing fees, textbooks, prepayment on next semester’s tuition, food and transportation costs, and cell phone bills. If that’s unrealistic, a few hundred dollars is a good start. Graduation Cash If you received checks or cash for graduation, it’s probably a significant amount of money. Instead of spending that cash on the latest electronics or cell phone, learn about responsible ways to use windfalls such as this. • Start an emergency fund • Fund a savings and/or checking account • Pay ahead on tuition, textbooks, apartment deposit or campus housing



Getting Credit The new Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility, and Disclosure (CARD) Act prohibits applicants younger than 21 from obtaining their own card unless they can prove they have the financial means to pay bills, such as with a pay stub or bank statement showing adequate funds. If you want to begin building credit or want to have a card for emergencies, you will most likely have to get help from your parents. Take advantage of this moment and ask your parents about budgeting and to share a few of their own past financial mistakes. Credit Card Options for Students Jagtag: A bonus for IUPUI students is the Jagtag and its many options. This is the student ID you received during Orientation. Through OneStart, you or your parents can add money to the card to pay for books, food, vending machines, printing, and more all over the IUPUI campus. Additionally, several local restaurants now accept Jagtag as payment. Visit the website www.jagtag.iupui. edu for a complete list of all businesses with this option. You can also visit the website or the Jagtag office on the second floor of the Campus Center for more information, discounts, and to learn about JagPerks.

Prepaid credit card: This card works much like a debit card. To make a purchase, you must have sufficient funds in the account attached to the card. Otherwise, the transaction won’t go through. The card issuer won’t extend credit, and you can’t go into debt. To replenish the account, you can deposit more cash or transfer money from another account. This option is more flexible than the Jagtag since it is typically accepted as payment anywhere major credit cards are accepted. Bank-secured credit card: A bank can set up a secured credit card, with the card’s credit limit generally equal to the amount of money in your savings account. If you fail to make the monthly payments, the bank taps the savings account for reimbursement. Get added to parents’ account: This might be the ultimate test of trust and financial responsibility, but it allows you to build off your parents’ established credit. Talk with your parents to see if it is a viable option for your family. Article information adapted from articles presented by the National Endowment for Financial Education. Visit the website for more information and other articles.


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The Link Winter 2012  

The Link is a magazine for families whohave students in high school and college.It is published three times a year and hasa readership estim...

The Link Winter 2012  

The Link is a magazine for families whohave students in high school and college.It is published three times a year and hasa readership estim...