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Happy Holidays from the IUPUI Solution Center Staff!

The Solution Center will be closed from December 23 - January 4.

Please send all inquiries to and we will respond promptly upon our return. In the meantime, feel free to register for our Spring 2014 Solution Center Community Engagement Forum (link below).
Upcoming Events
Monday February 24, 2014 from 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM EST 
You are invited to join us for an informative morning centered on community engagement and celebration of our collective accomplishments. 
IUPUI Campus Center, 450 B&C
Special Speaker: Derrick Feldmann

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Indiana Blind Children's Foundation Internship Inspires Student
 "Through the Looking Glass" Gala Invitations

Anne Bunte's work for the Indiana Blind Children's Foundation helped the organization be seen by others.


Bunte, a Visual Communication Design Major, was the development and marketing intern for IBCF, responsible for completing research, designing marketing elements and adjusting and creating content for the organization's website and Facebook page. She said the experience opened her eyes in many ways to how the real world operates. Her experience was funded by the IUPUI Venture Fund.


"Anne was a tremendous resource," IBCF's Executive Director Teresa Brun said. "Her skills and resources in graphic design and photography were great. She's still working on a new brochure for us."


Bunte said the internship was great for her as well.


"Getting out of the classroom and being placed in a real work environment helps develop my design skills and helps improve my future career opportunities and success," Bunte said. "I learned that having a job is more than just making money -- it's about respecting your employers who have trusted you by giving you this position. Having a career is about being a loyal employee to your supervisors and providing superior service." Read More. 

Bunte's cover image and profile picture for IBCF.
Solution Center Presents a Tangible Assessment of Their Work
The IUPUI Solution Center was able to complete a tangible assessment of its work in the community recently thanks to a mini-grant from the Indiana University President's office, through the Lilly Endowment's Initiative to Promote Opportunities Through Educational Collaborations (LEI) grant.

IUPUI Solution Center Assistant Director Christine Fitzpatrick, and Research and Evaluation Specialist Silvia Garcia conducted the study. The study served as a foundation for a subsequent assessment of the JPMorgan Chase IUPUI Near Eastside Legacy Initiative evaluation Garcia completed in 2013.  

Silvia Garcia & Christine Fitzpatrick  


Both studies will be used in assessments of community engagement for IUPUI in support of its new strategic plan, as well as to maintain and expand external recognition of community engagement initiatives at IUPUI.


The two presented their findings at the 2013 Assessment Institute on Oct. 28 2013, at the Marriott in downtown Indianapolis. The institute is the nation's oldest and largest event focused exclusively on outcomes assessment in higher education.


"Our poster presentation was very well received, especially by professionals who work in the community engagement area," Fitzpatrick said. "The challenges of measuring impact and assessing results of community engagement are not trivial. In addition to gauging some of the benefits and impact of the Solution Center's work, our study illuminates some of these challenges and suggests ways to address them." Read More or See the Full Poster.

Congratulations recent Community Venture Fund recipients!
Small businesses, nonprofits and government agencies are invited to apply for matching grants through the Solution Center's Community Venture Fund. These grants support community-based internship programs, research projects and short-term business assistance efforts. So far in December, the following organizations received

$135,050 in Venture Fund Awards:

Please pass on these Venture Funded internship openings!
The following opportunities are available to currently enrolled IUPUI students in good standing through a partnership with the employers and the IUPUI Solution Center. These paid internships are partially supported by the IUPUI Community Venture Fund. IUPUI students can look for these opportunities in JagJobs ( or their school's career services site, and apply soon!
  • Web Developer Intern- Glass Web Projects
    • $10 per hour, 20 hours per week, Spring 2014,  
    • JagJobs #15821 
  • Marketing & Communication Intern - ESPA
    • $10 per hour, 2 hours per week, Spring 2014
    • JagJobs #14902 
  • Natural Language Processing Intern (NLP) - Olympia Media Group
    • $10 per hour (undergraduate) $12 per hour (graduate), 10-20 hours per week, Spring 2014
Don't miss these upcoming university & community events!
Free Admission at Indianapolis Museum of Art: Dec. 19, 2013
Grab some ideas for your own holiday décor during the IMA's annual Winter Solstice. In celebration of the 100th anniversary of Oldfields, the IMA will be looking to the 1900s and 1910s for decor inspiration. Open 5 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.  Learn more.
Free Admission at The Children's Museum: Dec. 24, 2013
Visit Jolly Days Winter Wonderland and experience the giant Yule Slide. Take part in a number of favorites including skating in socks on an indoor "pond," climbing and sliding on the Snow Castle, "ice" fishing and pretend-baking holiday goodies in the Tradition Kitchen. Open 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Learn more.

2014 Summer Job & Internship Fair: Feb. 20, 2014

The fair will offer students the opportunity to meet face to face with employers (employers register by Dec. 20 - link below) from a variety of career fields who are offering short term job and internship opportunities during the summer months. From 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Learn more.

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