Monday, April 28, 2008

Screening of CMCL-C 460 Student Projects

at the CINEMAT 123 South Walnut Street
Thursday May 1, 6:30-9:30PM

Why not come by and watch films that our students created in C460 (Advanced Motion Picture Production). There will be documentaries, fiction, animation, music videos--shot on film as well as video. Feel free to drop in if you cannot stay the whole time.

Kaplan Post Grad Preparation Seminars and Events

Dear Students,

Don’t miss out on the great End of the Year FREE EVENTS! Kaplan would like to invite you to the following Post Grad Preparation Seminars and events. Listed below are the events with the dates and start times. To sign up for one of these FREE events please visit us online at or call your Bloomington Center at (812)339-0084.

If you need any further information or have any questions please contact the center or email me at

We hope you take advantage of these events and good luck in preparing for your future.

May 6th – Graduate School Admissions & GRE Strategy Seminar 5-6PM
May 13th – GMAT POP Quiz 5-6PM
May 21st – DAT/OAT Pop Quiz 5-6PM
***Every Wednesday- Walk in Wednesday****
Come take any Practice Test (No appointment Necessary)

Kaplan Classes Starting Soon!
LSBL 8004 –> 5/5 – 6/14 Class meets Every Monday and Wednesday (Great Prep class for June LSAT Takers)
LSBL 8006 -> 6/15 – 9/14 Class meets Every Sunday
(Great for those with a Busy Schedule)
LSBL 8007 -> 7/16 – 10/01 Class meets Every Wednesday
(Great for those with a Busy Schedule)
LSBL8008 -> 8/19 – 10/2 Class meets Every Tuesday and Thursday

MCBL 8004 -> 5/12 – 8/4 Class meets Every Monday and Wednesday
MCBL 8007 -> 5/19 – 7/16 Class meets Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday
(Only Morning Class –Starts at 10 A.M.)
MCBL 8005 -> 6/10- 8/4 Class meets Every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
MCBL 8006 -> 7/7 – 8/30 Class meets Every Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday

REBL8003 -> 5/11- 7/13 Class meets Every Sunday
(Great for those with a busy schedule)
REBL8004 -> 7/7 – 8/30 Class meets Every Tuesday and Thursday

DABL/OABL 8002 -> 6/2 – 7/16 Class meets Every Monday and Wednesday
DABL/OABL 8003 -> 9/16 – 11/2 Class meets Every Tuesday and Sunday

GMBL8002 -> 5/20- 6/17 Class meets Every Tuesday and Thursday

Keely Davenport
Marketing Manager
Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions

Friday, April 25, 2008

Recently Added Courses for Fall in the Central Eurasian Studies Department

We added four Central Eurasian Studies Department courses for Fall 2008, listed below. Graduate credit options also exist (see Schedule of Classes).


CEUS-U 320 (class #29854) VT: Hungary Through Literature and Film

3 credit hours

Instructor: Dr. Peter Nemes,

TuTh 11:15AM - 12:30PM; BH 245

NOTE: Awaiting decision about COLL culture studies/distribution credit.

NOTE: The CMLT chair said this course will count toward CMLT degree requirements.

This course offers an introduction to Hungarian culture through literature (mainly novels) and cinema. The goal of “Hungary through Literature and Film” is to familiarize students with the unique culture of Hungary through a variety of readings and films. In each class the presentation of the historical context is followed either by a screening of a motion picture or a discussion and interpretation of the weekly reading. The loosely chronological sequence allows for a gradually deeper understanding of major themes and topics. The combined experience of literature and cinema builds a perspective from which history and culture can form a meaningful whole. All texts will be read in English translation, and all movies will have English subtitles, no knowledge of Hungarian is required.


CEUS-U 426 (class #29859) Modern Hungarian Literature

3 credit hours

Instructor: Dr. Peter Nemes

TuTh 4:00PM - 5:15PM; PV 270

This course carries COLL A&H distribution credit

NOTE: The CMLT chair said this course will count toward CMLT degree requirements.

This course introduces students to modern Hungarian literature, through a variety of readings in English. All cultures can be explored via their literary achievements; however, in the case of smaller cultures (like Hungarian) this is especially true as all the major historical, social, and cultural events and structures are reflected in the writings of the different generations. The course takes great care to introduce, analyze and evaluate the context of literature, including the language, the social structure and the historical significances, and through a comparative literary historical perspective positions the achievements of Hungarian literature into a wider European context.

The course offers an introduction to the Hungarian literature of the twentieth century. The main topics to be discussed are: 1) socio-economic modernization and literary modernity at the beginning of the twentieth century; 2) The role of Hungary in the culture of the Habsburg Monarchy; 3) Naturalism, Symbolism, Art Nouveau, Expressionism; 4) the influence of Freud and Marx; 5) the conflict between urbanization and Populism in the interwar period; 6) Socialist Realism and its opposition (religious poetry, individualist parables, Postmodernism) in the years 1947-1996. All texts will be read in English translation. This semester we will focus on major accomplishments in prose (novels, short stories), and on the problems associated with constructing a national literary history.


CEUS-U 320 (class #29856) VT: The Empire and the Nation - The Hapsburgs and Hungary, 1526-1920

3 credit hours

Instructor: Dr. Agnes Fulemile

TuTh 1:00PM - 2:15PM; GB238

In 1526 in the battle of Mohacs, Suleiman the Magnificent’s army crushed the Hungarian army. The young Jagiellon Louis II, brother in-law of Habsburg Ferdinand, died on the battlefield. The throne of Hungary became the subject of dynastic dispute. Hungary fell into three parts, while the Ottomans occupied central and Southern Hungary. From this time on the Habsburg Empire as a Central European Empire started to gradually emerge. From Ferdinand to Charles the IV (1916-1918), the last Habsburg king of Hungary, 16 Habsburg rulers followed each other in the throne of kingdom Hungary.

The course will discuss this long period of the history of Hungary embedded into the Habsburg dynastic history and into a larger European context. Besides basic political history there will be an emphasis on social and cultural history of the time. Alongside historic literature, archival sources, images and artwork will be used for analysis. The course is an interdisciplinary course using approaches of history, historical anthropology and art history.


CEUS-U 320 (class #29853) VT: Medieval Hungary at the Crossroads of East and West

3 credit hours

Instructor: Dr. Agnes Fulemile

TuTh 11:15AM - 12:30PM; GB238

Recently Added Course for Fall: REL-R 370 Islam in America

R370 Islam in America, Jaques 29788 05:45P-08:30P T BH 209
Above course carries Social and Historical distribution.

Since the tragedy of September 11, 2001, American Muslim's have come into national focus. This focus has generated a great deal of interest in American Muslims. This course explores the history and life of Islam and Muslims in the United States. American Muslims are a very diverse and complex group. Students will have an opportunity to understand the ethnic and religious diversity within the American Muslim context. American Muslim's have unique histories and belief's even within each ethnic and religious group.

Divergent opinions on issues gender relations and women's issues, debates about Islam' s role in politics, the role of race and ethnicity and the spirituality of American Muslims. This course will also examine the development of Muslim American institutions and Muslim American civil society. Students will also examine the affect of specific events in American history like September 11, 2001 has had on the American Muslim community. Students will have the opportunity to analyze recent polls and academic surveys that have been conducted to determine the nature of the American Muslim community. Specific national organizations that students will be encouraged to explore further will include the Islamic Society of North America, Islamic Circle of North America, the Nation of Islam, the Ministry of Imam W. D. Muhammad, Council on American Islamic Relations, Muslim Public Affairs Council, Muslim Alliance of North America and the Muslim American Society. At the grassroots level students will meet and study local mosques, Islamic schools as well as other civic institutions established by Muslim Hoosiers.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Midwest Conference on East Asian Thought

This Saturday and Sunday, April 26-27, IU is hosting the 4th Annual Midwest Conference on East Asian Thought. There will be panels running all day Saturday and until noon on Sunday. Our Keynote speaker is Edward Slingerland from the University of British Columbia. He will speak at 5:00pm on Saturday, April 26th, in Wylie 005. The title of his talk is: "Vertical Integration and the Study of East Asian Thought." Attached is a flier detailing Prof. Slingerland's talk as well as a conference schedule. If you have any questions please email me at (

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

April 25th Underground Film Screening

Hello all, we hope you come out for our semester-ending collaborative screening with City Lights.

The City Lights/Underground double feature turns to shorts, beginning with several of David Bradley's personal films. Bradley, a prominent collector of Hollywood films and ephemera whose materials are now owned by Indiana University, produced numerous films and videos of travels within and without the United States, holiday celebrations, and other events. City Lights will feature a sample of several shorts and a feature length film.

Underground will present four captivating short films, beginning with Larry Gottheim's "Fog Line" (1970, 11m), a subtle study of nature and its relationship to cinema. Next is "Rat Life and Diet in North America" (1968, 14m) by Joyce Wieland, a parable of power enacted by rats and cats. Concluding the program is John Smith's "The Black Tower" (1987, 24m), which recalls the work of Peter Greenaway in its deft blend of wit and melancholy, all couched in a menacing tale of paranoia. Also included is MM Serra's short "Turner" (1987, 3m), whose striking combination of image and sound is exhilirating and disorienting.

The underground film series is sponsored by Indiana University's Department of Communication and Culture. All screenings are on alternating Fridays at 7 p.m. in room 251 of the Radio-TV building on the IU campus. All screenings are free and open to the public, and free parking is ample in the lot adjacent to the building, provided you clearly display an underground flyer on the dashboard of your vehicle.

Monday, April 21, 2008

New Course Available to Non-Business & Business Majors

Are you interested in studying about women in business?

Enroll in BUS-Z 355 this Fall 2008 semester!
The course is Monday & Wednesday from 1:00 – 2:15 p.m.
You don’t have to be in the Kelley School of Business to enroll!

You will have a chance to learn about …
The status and measures of gender diversity
Glass ceiling: causes, effects, and solutions
Unique elements of women’s leadership and decision-making styles
Mentoring and training plans
Work/family balance
Visible/invisible diversity and gender

Note: This course counts as an elective outside the College of Arts and Sciences for CMCL majors. The course does NOT count toward the business minor.

Disney College Program

Disney College Program now available in Anaheim, California!

What: Once in a lifetime internship opportunity on the Disney College Program at the Disneyland® Resort

Where: Anaheim, California

When: Arrival dates May 19th or May 22nd, 2008 departing January 3, 2009

What’s New: Brand new fully furnished housing complex for all Disney College Program participants

For More Information: Please visit –

Friday, April 18, 2008

Interesting Summer Course: GNDR-G 104 Into the Wild: The Intersection of Gender and Nature

Summer Session II.
The course counts as an arts and humanities and is suitable for any undergraduate.

The instructor has provided this description:

Gender is more than just a label we use to categorize people. It often goes unnoticed that the language of gender is applied to a number of other concepts as well, such as nature. The first part of this course will interrogate how and why nature has been conceptualized as female or feminine, specifically within the contexts of Western science and nation building/colonization. We will examine not only the process of gendering nature but also some of the consequences of this conceptualization. The second part of this course will focus on women's nature writing, ecofeminism, and the environmental justice movement (with particular attention paid to the ways in which these practices can make visible submerged discourses of race, class, location, and embodiment that are also embedded in Western conceptualizations of nature), as examples of the ways in which women and feminists have appropriated, revalued, and deconstructed the metaphorical conflation of woman and nature. We will also examine ecoterrorism and connections between masculinity and nature.

Course work will consist of short reading responses or quizzes and short writing assignments addressing either in class texts or popular culture such as advertisements, newspaper articles, etc.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Interesting Summer Course: SPEA-E 162 Environment and People: Thinking Global, Acting Local

SPEA-E 162 Environment and People: Thinking Global, Acting Local
Second Summer Session 2008
M-F, 11:30am-12:20pm
Instructor: Paul Schneller. Adjunct Professor
E-mail address: Phone: 332-5842
Secretary: Jennifer Mitchner, SPEA Phone: 855-7980

Brief Course description

This course is a survey of issues and problems arising from human interaction with the natural environment. We will look at topics from a global perspective first, then a local one, with special emphasis on the IUB campus and the recently completed report of the IUB Sustainability Task Force. Looking at topics one by one is, of course, a convenient way to analyze them, but it is artificial. In the real world, everything is connected to everything else, and things are not that easy to analyze. We will try to make the connections visible within each individual topic, and focus as much as possible on what we humans do and why we do it. The topics we will look at are Ecology Basics, Population, Climate, Energy, Water, Food, Biodiversity and Forests.

In general, I hope that this course will help you become more aware of how we humans are affecting and are affected by the natural environment. I believe that it is critically important for students to graduate with a working knowledge of what's going on in the environment. It may be a cliché to say that students are the future decision-makers of our world, but it is true. There are well-informed people who believe that degreed individuals are, as a group, heavily responsible for many of the actions that have led to the environmental threats we are all facing. My goal is to arm you with enough information and create sufficient awareness so that when you graduate (or even while you are still an undergrad), you operate at the campus level, the corporate level, the governmental level or wherever, with the prudence that comes from an understanding of the human potential for causing environmental change. Further, I hope you come to believe – if you don’t already – that what you do matters, whether you act alone, or with a few other like-minded people, or as a member of a large group.

Course Objectives

By the end of this course, you should be able to:
a) describe critical global and local environmental problems that are correlated with human activity, and
b) specify actions that you and others can take on campus and elsewhere to mitigate those problems.

Text and Readings

Ishmael. Daniel Quinn.

NOTE: This course counts as an elective outside the College of Arts and Sciences for CMCL majors.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

April 18 Underground Screening

Hello all, this week underground will present a number of early shorts by the wry and daring British director Peter Greenaway.

Before his international arthouse hits _The Cook, the Thief, His Wife, and Her Lover_ and _Prospero;s Books_, Greenaway made a series of highly inventive films that established all the obsessions that run through his later work. The content of these six playful shorts varies widely--from the condensed, wry history of 37 people who have fallen to their deaths from windows, to a sequence of 92 maps to guide a dead ornithologist on his way into the afterlife set. All of these quirkily delightful works take great pleasure in outlandish detail, fake erudition and corkscrew narratives.

The underground film series is sponsored by Indiana University's Department of Communication and Culture. All screenings are on alternating Fridays at 7 p.m. in room 251 of the Radio-TV building on the IU campus. All screenings are free and open to the public, and free parking is ample in the lot adjacent to the building, provided you clearly display an underground flyer on the dashboard of your vehicle.

Interesting Course for Fall: CMLT-C 252 Literary and Television Genres

CMLT C252-14754 ~ Topic: Literary and Television Genres
(Note that this course is in Comparative Literature, not CMCL)

Instructor: E. Chamberlain –
Course Meeting Times: Fall 2008 ~ MW ~ 5:45pm-7pm
This course satisfies the university A & H requirement

Course Description:
In this course, we will compare how television programs and texts tell stories in selected genres of expression like soap operas, biographies, memoirs and scripted “reality” adventures. We will discuss the ideological and theoretical scopes of these popular genres, and spend time evaluating how one media represents the other. In other words, we will discuss how media and texts intersect and overlap. Among the issues we will consider are: how do television shows depict people reading? How do these genres discuss literature? How do novels, short stories and/or plays discuss the influence of television in people’s lives? What roles do actors have in literary depictions of television shows? What are the limits of made-for-television adaptations of literature? How do advertisements influence the way we think of the shows we watch? How did literature depict the same genres before the advent of television? How do both television and literature blur the boundaries between fiction and reality? To consider these questions, we will study several short stories, TV programs, a memoir, alternative video and several more forms of representation.

Slavery Around the World

Campus Coalition Against Trafficking presents


An event highlighting the different kinds of modern human slavery that exist around the world. Learn what you can do to help in the fight against human trafficking, while enjoying food from Turkuaz, Bombay House, Mandalay Restaurant and La Torre.

Henna tattooing, belly dancing and much more!

Sunday, April 20th 2-5pm
Collins Dormitory Courtyard

Seniors Please Vote for Your Favorite CMCL Teacher

Are you a Senior Graduating in May or August?
If so, please read below.

This is the time of year for the Teacher of the Year Award. If you
could, please take a few minutes and nominate a Communications and
Culture teacher that you feel demonstrated outstanding qualities for
this award. Please email your responses to by next
Monday, April 21st. In the email, write the name of the teacher along
with a short response (one paragraph) on why you selected this

If you have any questions, please contact Nicole at

Thanks so much and good luck with graduation!

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Interesting Journalism Class for Falll: JOUR-J 460 Science Writing

JOUR-J460 SCIENCE WRITING, 28797, 3 credits
(Health and environmental writing included!)
Fall Semester 2008
T, TH 2:30-3:45 p.m. Ernie Pyle hall, room 157. Professor Holly Stocking.

No pre-requisites. Open to any undergraduate student.

CONCERNED OR CONFUSED ABOUT GLOBAL WARMING? SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED DISEASES? THE CONTROVERSY OVER FATS IN THE DIET? You are not alone. Many people are, and writers who can help explain these and other science-related topics to the public are sorely needed in the media today.

J460 will help you to help develop skills in REPORTING and WRITING ABOUT SCIENCE - including the SOCIAL SCIENCES and science related to HEALTH and the ENVIRONMENT -- for newspapers, magazines, online media, and other media outlets. (It's not has hard as you may think!)

If you take this course, you will also meet many science writers and be introduced to the many kinds of jobs there are out there for people who can write well about science for the general public. There is a strong chance we will even take a trip to Palo Alto, California, to attend the annual meeting of the National Association of Science Writers; the School of Journalism will subsidize this trip.

YOU WILL ENJOY AND BENEFIT from this course if you have an interest in or curiosity about science, and just as importantly, if you have been told by someone other than your mother or roommate that you are a clear, engaging writer. Any journalism student who fits this description can join the course (even underclassmen, though you may want to talk to me first). Students elsewhere in the university are also welcome. If you have any questions about whether or not you "fit" the course, please feel free to email the professor.

The professor, S. Holly Stocking, worked as a journalist for the Los Angeles Times, the Minneapolis Tribune, the Associated Press, and a national research center before earning her PhD in mass communications. She has done research on the public communication of science, co-authored three science-based books, and written numerous scholarly articles on communicating science to the general public. She also has consulted for numerous science organizations including the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the Association for Psychological Science (APS), and the Aspen Global Change Institute. She is a fellow of AAAS and a member of FACET, the Faculty Colloquium for Excellence in Teaching at Indiana University.

For more information, e-mail

Note: This course counts as an elective outside the College of Arts and Sciences for CMCL majors. It does not count toward the Journalism certificate.

FESA Film Screening


Who: Folklore & Ethnomusicology Student Association,
Jennifer Jameson (Producer/Vice Pres.),
Dr. John McDowell (Folklore professor of folk medicine),
& Dr. Mellonee Burnim (Ethnomusicology professor of African American music)


When: April 18, 2008, (both 1 hr. features)
“Free Show Tonite” at 7pm
“Desperate Man Blues” at 8:30pm

Where: Wylie Hall room 015 (bottom floor, old crescent area of campus)

- Discussion / Q&A on Medicine Shows led by Professors McDowell & Burnim
- American culture: Old Time Medicine Shows – American Record Collectors – Joe Bussard -- 78rpm’s
- Desperate Man Blues (2006) info:
- Free Show Tonite (1983) info:,68
- Press photos:
- (No Free Show Tonite press photos)

Thursday, April 10, 2008

New Upper-Level Human Sexuality Course


COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course will explore sexual interactions including societal and media messages, gender roles, and gender assigned sexual behavior as they impact physical and emotional health. There will be a focus on gender differences and encounters within the social context that inform sexual behavior and its health consequences.

Course Number: 29444
Time: Tuesday 5:45pm-8:15pm
Who should take this course?

* Students who want to talk about sex
* Students who can’t get into F255--try this course!
* HPER, Gender Studies, Sociology, Psychology students
* Students who have taken F255 and want to explore sexuality and sexual health from another perspective
* Any student interested in learning more about sexuality: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors or Seniors
* Students who are looking for a deeper understanding of the issues and factors that impact sexuality and sexual encounters

ANY QUESTIONS: Contact Kristen Jozkowski at

Note: This course counts as an elective outside the College of Arts and Sciences for CMCL majors.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Last Free Student Academic Center Workshops for the weeks of 4/14 through 4/21

The following Student Academic Center free workshop are open to all students and there is no need to register ahead of time. However, students who arrive 5 minutes past the starting time will not be allowed to participate. Monday and Tuesday night workshops take place in classrooms with limited seating so arriving early is advised. If you have any questions and/or concerns please contact Sharon Chertkoff, Ph.D., Basic Skills and Outreach Coordinator, Student Academic Center, 855-7313

Monday, 4/14/08, Beating Test Anxiety, 7:00-8:00pm, Forest Academic Support Center

Tuesday, 4/15/08, Making the Most of Finals Week, 7:00-8:00pm, Teter Academic Support Center, Teter TEF258

Wednesday, 4/16/08, Making the Most of Finals Week, 7:00-8:00pm, Ballantine Hall 109

Monday, 4/21/08, Catching Up in a Course When All Hope Seems Gone, 7:00-8:00pm, Briscoe Academic Support Center

Interesting N&M Course for Summer: ANTH-B 370 Human Variation

ANTH-B370: Human Variation
Summer Session I (section 5195)
MTW 10:20-12:15
Instructor: Dr. Frederika Kaestle (

Want to learn about how and why humans are different from each other and from other animals? Why does skin color vary? Why does your mother love spinach but you hate it? Are you resistant to bubonic plague? How are you related to a Neanderthal? Did his DNA make your boyfriend ogle that waitress (or waiter)? When is it good to be fat? What does your DNA sequence look like? These and many other questions will be addressed in this course.

Need Natural and Mathematic Sciences credit? This course counts!

Want a Minor in Anthropology? This course counts!

Want a peek at your own DNA sequence? We’ll be sequencing DNA from volunteers in this course!

General Information: This course explores the variation within and between human populations in anatomy, genetics, and behavior. We will explore current hypotheses regarding human variation in a multitude of traits including skin color, body shape, blood type, response to stress, disease resistance,

IQ, and sexual orientation. The topics of this course involve profound questions facing our society, and revolve around new and constantly evolving science and technology.

Prereq: at least sophomore standing

Major themes for this course include:

o The principles underlying human variation (genetics, evolution)

o Patterns of human variation today

o The causes of these patterns

o Nature vs. nurture

o Genes and behavior

o The ethical dilemmas of this research

o A historical perspective on this research

West European Career Night

Tuesday, April 15, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Career Development Center

Let us introduce you to career paths where language skills and knowledge of Western Europe are necessary. We will have 3 alumni panelists speak to you about their West European careers, how they got started, and the resources available to you at IU. About half our time will be spent in free discussion and networking, so you can speak individually with the panelists and compare notes with your like-minded peers. Come enjoy the discussion and the West European cuisine! A representative from AISEC, the global internship organization, will speak. Our featured alum will be Char Simons, a faculty member with world-wide experience who teaches at Evergreen State College.

Sign up on today!

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Baghdad Hospital Screening, Reception, and Roundtable Discussion

The Department of Communication and Culture, Film and Media Studies, the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, and the School of Journalism present:

Baghdad Hospital: Inside the Red Zone with Director Dr. Omer Salih Mahdi

BAGHDAD HOSPITAL: INSIDE THE RED ZONE is the story of Dr. Omer Salih Mahdi, who put himself and his colleagues at risk to film inside Al-Yarmouk hospital, whose emergency room is too dangerous for an American crew. Given permission by hospital authorities to use a hand-held camera inside the emergency room, Dr. Mahdi reveals some of the horrific injuries sustained by Iraqi men, women and children, and exposes the substandard conditions, low morale and danger that its doctors and nurses endure on a daily basis.

What: Film Screening of HBO’s BAGHDAD HOSPITAL: INSIDE THE RED ZONE followed by a question and answer session with director Dr. Omer Salih Mahdi
When: Thursday, April 10 7-9:00 pm
Where: Radio-TV 251
Free and open to the public

Following the screening there will be a reception in Classroom Office Building Room 203. All are welcome to attend.

There will also be a round table discussion with Dr. Mahdi on Friday, April 10th from 9-11AM in Classroom Office Building Room 100. All are welcome to attend. Coffee and bagels will be served.

Friday, April 4, 2008

Optician/Technician Program

Students who would like to learn a marketable skill
in an exciting health field in two years or less!

IU School of Optometry
Optician/Technician Program

The Optician/Technician Program at the IU School of Optometry leads to an Associate of Science degree and qualifies graduates to enter a variety of positions in the ophthalmic field. Some students combine our courses with other fields of study and earn bachelor degrees. Recently, we have had students combining our courses with majors such as, Music and the Bachelor of General Studies through the School of Continuing Studies. Our students learn a marketable skill that is in high demand.

Many graduates work assisting eye doctors, performing a variety of functions in the eye care practice. For those who prefer a different setting, the prescription optical laboratory is an option. Some graduates establish themselves as independent opticians. Others work for the ophthalmic lens, frame, or contact lens companies that supply eye care professionals.

There are two courses in the Optician/Technician Program open to any interested students. (Students don’t need to apply to the program or get permission to enroll. They just register for the course.) In the fall semester, V201 Anatomy and Physiology of the Eye is offered and in the spring semester, V153 Ophthalmic Dispensing is offered. Full course descriptions can be found in OneStart in the schedule of classes or by going directly to the URL below and selecting “OPT”. (click on OPT)

Although some students who enter this program later enter a doctor of optometry degree program, this program is not a prerequisite for or guarantee of entry into the doctor of optometry program.

For more information and application visit our web page:

Interested, but still not sure? Contact Sandi Pickel to arrange a tour of the optometry clinic and optical laboratory at 812-855-3997 email:

Panel Discussion on Hunger and Homelessness

This Saturday at 9am INPIRG and the Shalom Community Center are presenting a panel discussion on hunger and homelessness.

There will be a group of those experiencing homelessness and those who have been formerly homeless speaking about how they fell into homelessness, their life experiences, and dispelling many myths that surround the issues of hunger and homeless. These presentations will be followed by a question and answer period with panelists and Joel Rekas, Executive Director of the Shalom Center.

This is a great opportunity to learn about the issues firsthand and how you can help from those who know the situation best.

When: Saturday April 5th at 9am

Where: Geology Room 126
Indiana University Bloomington
1001 East 10th Street
Bloomington, IN 47405-1405

Parking: Parking is available for free at the Fee Lane Parking garage located just behind the graduate side of the business school.

Questions or comments contact Brendon Liner at or 818.419.4247

Thursday, April 3, 2008

College Mentors for Kids 5K Run/Walk

Sunday, April 20th.

Check-in between 9:00 am and 10:45 am. Race will begin at 11:00 am.
Registration and race will start at the corner of 17th and Fee (the triangle-shaped grassy area on the southeast side of the intersection).

You can download a registration form at

The mission of College Mentors for Kids is to motivate children and communities to achieve their potential by fostering inspiration to transform lives, education to change attitudes, and connections to increase opportunities. The money that is raised in the run is used for program expenses such as transportation for the children, snacks and supplies, and mentor and chapter staff training. Please visit for more information about our organization.

If you have any questions please contact us at

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Automatic W Deadline for Second Eight Week Classes

The deadline for dropping second eight week classes with an automatic grade of W is Tuesday, April 8th.

You can drop second eight week classes on Onestart using the eDrop system. Just log on to Onestart and scroll down a bit until you see eDrop/eAdd Classes under the eDocs heading.

April 4th City Lights/Underground Film Screening

Hello all, our theme this week is cats, featuring Chris Marker's "The Case of the Grinning Cat" (2004, 58m) and work by Samuel Beckett.

In November 2001, mercurial film-essayist Marker became intrigued, as did many other Parisians, by the sudden appearance of alluring portraits of grinning yellow cats on buildings, Metro walls and other public surfaces. Marker's cinematic efforts to document the mysterious materializations of this charming feline throughout Paris are a recurring theme of this film, which, like much of Marker’s work, wrenches the political from the mundane while honoring humanity’s inventiveness in the everyday. The feature will be preceded by “Film” (1965, 22m), conceived by Samuel Beckett and starring Buster Keaton.

The underground film series is sponsored by Indiana University's Department of Communication and Culture. All screenings are on alternating Fridays at 7 p.m. in room 251 of the Radio-TV building on the IU campus. All screenings are free and open to the public, and free parking is ample in the lot adjacent to the building, provided you clearly display an underground flyer on the dashboard of your vehicle.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Get Your 30 Minutes of Fame!

The Career Development Center is looking for experienced juniors and seniors to share their advice with freshmen and sophomores in our Q294 (Basic Career Development) course. If you've had experience with student organizations, volunteer work, internships, and/or study abroad programs, this is a great chance to inspire other students! The dates and times of the Q294 student panel sessions are:


12254 Tues. April 8 11:15a Career Development Center

12253 Wed. April 9 11:15a Career Development Center

12259 Wed. April 9 2:30p Career Development Center

12256 Wed. April 9 4:00p Career Development Center

If you would like to participate in a 30-minute panel session, please choose a class section(s) that will work for you and contact Doug Hanvey at A confirmation email will follow.