Wednesday, June 23, 2010

COLL-T200 Themester/Topics Course on Sustainability

COLL-T 200 (27992) Exploring Themester Ideas (3 cr.)
4:00PM – 5:15PM TR (Woodburn 100)
A College “Topics” course, this also satisfies an S&H requirement.
Sustainability is all the buzz these days and for most of us, in theory anyway, it seems like a worthy idea. Not using up the planet’s resources and leaving plenty for future generations certainly sounds like a good plan.

But as with any fervent popular movement, it’s important to balance the enthusiasm of passionate supporters with our own critical thinking by asking some careful questions:

What does sustainability mean?
What is the philosophical and scientific case for it?
Why is the science of sustainability so controversial?
What are the costs of choosing sustainable lifestyle alternatives and what are the costs of not choosing them?
What does it mean to live a sustainable life for the planet, the nation, the community, and the individual?
Assuming that the case for sustainable living persuades us, what does it commit us to?
How does the goal of sustainable living influence our choice of where to live, where to work, how to travel, how to play, how to shop, cook and eat, etc.?

No one person can help us answer all these questions – to tackle them properly we would need to consult biologists and meteorologists, philosophers and political scientists, economists and engineers, architects and anthropologists. Fortunately, at IU, we can do that.

T-200 is a team-taught class, drawing on expertise across disciplines and schools at Indiana University as well as in the broader Bloomington community to explore the College of Arts and Sciences 2010 Themester topic, sustain.ability. It will encourage students to think critically about sustainability and introduce them to the broad range of sustainability issues with regard to several substantive subjects – food, transportation, energy, architecture, recreation, computing, etc. The class will end with a focus on the greening of the IU campus itself to pull all the themes together and
provide students with a real, concrete example of what green living actually looks like.

After taking this class, students will have an understanding of what sustainability entails and why it is important, the ability to think critically about some of the main issues and controversies involved in debates about sustainability and to understand the political stakes involved in those debates, an awareness of the various kinds of resources they personally consume and the ability to see linkages between the personal decisions they make and the larger consequences for the environment in which they live, and the practical knowledge of what is needed to live a sustainable life.

Class meets twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:00 PM to 5:15 PM in Woodburn Hall 100. Grading is based on attendance in lecture, the keeping of a resource journal (where students will record what kinds of resources they consume or save as they eat, travel, play, work, sleep, etc.), online assignments and quizzes, and a service learning component.

Several rows of seats at the back of Woodburn 100 are reserved for visitors. Lecture topics and speakers will be posted on line well in advance and we cordially invite members of the community to attend the lectures that interest them. We only ask that visitors be “silent observers” and reserve any opportunities for participation to those students who have enrolled in the class.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Boren Scholarship Opportunity

On July 21st, 2010 from 3:00-5:00 p.m. in Ballantine 304 a representative from the Institute of International Education will be speaking with interested students about the David L. Boren Scholarships and Fellowships.

Boren Awards provide a unique funding opportunity for U.S. students to study world regions critical to U.S. interests (including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East). The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded.

The Boren Scholarship provides opportunities for undergraduate students to study in countries that are generally underrepresented in study abroad. Boren Scholars are awarded up to $20,000 for an academic year.

The Boren Fellowship allows graduate students to add an important international and language component to their graduate studies. Boren Fellows can be awarded up to $30,000.

Additional information on preferred geographic regions, languages, fields of study and application procedures can be found at

For more information please contact Steven Rose, IU Boren Undergraduate Scholarship Representative (, or Paul Fogleman, IU Boren Graduate Fellowship Representative (, or contact Boren Awards at 1 800 618 NSEP or

Monday, June 14, 2010

EALC Placement/Proficiency Testing, Fall 2010

EALC Fall 2010 Placement & Proficiency Testing
All testing is free.
Bring picture ID and a pencil.

Thursday, August 26th
2:00 p.m.
Ballantine 228

Thursday, August 26th
2:00 p.m.
Ballantine 117 (CeLTIE language lab)

No prior registration is needed for Chinese and Japanese testing. For your results, please call the EALC department office the following day (856-4959).

Thursday, August 26th
2:00 p.m.
Goodbody 229

If you have studied Korean before and want to take it in Fall 2010, please go to and fill out the online form for placement testing to be registered for this test.

If you are already fluent in Korean and want your proficiency certified, please go to the Korean Language website at and fill out the online form to be scheduled for testing after the beginning of the semester.

For more information, including FAQs, please visit

Monday, June 7, 2010

Great Upper-Level Elective for Fall: ASCS Q377: The Art of Meaningful Work

ASCS Q377: The Art of Meaningful Work

Q377 is for juniors and seniors who are beginning to think about life after college, and for whom finding meaningful work is of the utmost importance.

In the 20th century, the illustrious psychologist and concentration camp survivor Viktor Frankl wrote: "The truth is that as the struggle for survival has subsided, the question has emerged - survival for what? Ever more people today have the means to live, but no meaning to live for." Now, in the rapidly changing world of the 21st century and contemporary issues of economic, social, and environmental concern, most of us would like to find meaning in our work, and the sense that there is a deeper purpose to our lives. Each of us wants to serve the world in our own unique way, and yet it is easy to lose touch, or never really become clear about, what this might mean for us. In this course we will examine the idea that each of us has a "calling" or unique gift to bring into the world. We will ask questions such as:

• What kind of world do I want to live in?
• What are the personal gifts that I can bring into my work, and to others?
• What moves me to want to act?

Through experiential and self-reflective individual and group exercises from a variety of perspectives, you will be challenged to subjectively explore personal issues of meaning and spirituality and to discover your strengths, values, and passions, while objectively exploring topics such as the economic context of work, the environmental crisis and work, and the idea of "right livelihood." The discussion component of this class will be emphasized, and you will be asked to dig deep in order to develop a unique philosophy of meaningful work, and to discover the calling to which you are led.

Q377 is a 3 credit hour, semester-long course offered through the College of Arts and Sciences. It is open to any junior or senior who has not taken ASCS Q294.

Happy summer!


Beth Kreitl, MS, EdS, NCC
Associate Director, Student Services
Indiana University
Career Development Center
Arts & Sciences Career Services|

Available ADDED course for fall 2010 -- J261, Introduction to Sports Media in Society


We have just added a journalism course for fall. There are no pre-requisites and any undergraduate may take the course. Seats are limited to 10. ***FIRST COME, first in, so act quickly.

The course counts as a Journalism elective for majors. Here are the details:

JOUR-J 261, 31776, 3 credits. Introduction to Sports Media in Society. 3:00pm - 4:15pm, MW. Taught in the Journalism Annex, 321 N. Woodlawn, Room 100.

Instructor is Bob Kravitz. Mr. Kravitz is the national award-winning sports columnist at The Indianapolis Star, and he's a football analyst on WTHR-TV (Channel 13) during the season. Until a couple of months ago, he also co-hosted a show on ESPN Radio in Indy.

Course will be teleconferenced from the IUPUI campus. It is offered as JOUR-J 152 at IUPUI.

Please let interested students know. If you have questions, please contact me.

Thank you!

Jean Person, Recorder
School of Journalism
Ernie Pyle Hall 200B
Phone: (812) 855-1698