Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Networking for the Non-Traditional Student Conference

Networking for the Non-Traditional Student Conference
When:  Friday, April 6th, 5:00-7:30
Where:  University Club, Indiana Memorial Union

The Networking for the Non-Traditional Conference will focus on the importance of personal, professional, as well as graduate school, networking for adult students.    It is also the “launch date” for the Adult Student Peer Mentoring program – an initiative to connect new adult students with current adult student mentors in order to assist new and returning adult students in their transition to college.   The Conference includes a light dinner buffet and conversation in a “speed networking” environment intended to stimulate mentor/mentee connections.  Topics of discussion include:  the value of internship experience when applying for employment; networking with people of influence; qualifications an intern should offer; how to locate internships; as well as the campus resources available to help students in their search for internships.  And to top off the evening, there will be a drawing for $50 gift card at the end of the event!  

We are delighted to have Melissa Hunsberger, Cox Access scholarship recipient, and Susan Sandberg, Bloomington City Council president, SPEA career advisor – and a former non-traditional student! -  present to IU Bloomington’s dedicated group of non-traditional students!

Melissa Hunsberger:  In July 2011, Melissa was chosen as the first-ever recipient of the Cox Access Scholarship, which is a generous scholarship specifically for adult students returning to school who have excelled academically while working to pay for their education. As a third-year dietetics major with a passion for nutrition science and community outreach, Melissa distinguished herself as a hard-working addition to the IU community, and has been awarded with a number of scholarships and honors for her academic and community work such as the Osher re-entry scholarship, the W.W. Patty Scholarship and the Bishop Scholarship. Melissa hopes to use her degree to help people live healthier, more vibrant lives, as she has known first-hand how hard it can be to overcome obstacles like poverty and addiction when you decide to turn your life around.

Susan Sandberg:  Susan is an at-large councilmember on the Bloomington City Council, having started her sixth year in public service in January, 2012.  Susan served as President of the City Council in 2008 and again in 2011.  A social justice and anti-poverty activist, Susan is a former board member and past president of the South Central Community Action Program.  Utilizing her background in both the performing arts and social service, Susan volunteers as a facilitator of the New Leaf/New Life arts and humanities program in the Monroe County Correctional Center. Having taught weekly enrichment classes inside the jail for a number of years, Susan also co-facilitates a support group for former inmates returning to the community.  A founding member of the Democratic Women's Caucus, Susan Sandberg has served as Vice Chair since its inception in 2004 following her first campaign for City Council in 2003. Her DWC involvement reflects Susan's commitment to preparing women for the pipeline to run for public office in support of diversity, competency and civility in local government.  Working for the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University, Susan is also a career advisor with the Office of SPEA Career Services.
You may find more information about Susan on the following website:

Hope you can join us for this fun, interactive, and informative event!  You may check for Conference information updates on the Adult Student Resources website:

If you are interested in attending the conference, please contact Janis Bolling,  by Tuesday, March 27th