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Building university-community partnerships in Central Indiana.
Indiana University School of Dentistry Healthy Smiles Program Links Dental Health with Employability

Persons with missing, broken, or badly stained teeth may lack confidence in the job search and also find it difficult to get hired into many positions that require work with customers or the public.  The IU School of Dentistry's Healthy Smiles for Employability Program links dentistry with economic development by improving oral health to increase employability.

The Healthy Smiles mission is to improve oral health, well-being and employment outcomes for local, low-income and uninsured residents by providing patients with dental care and free dentures as well as linkages to community employment services.  The program is an extension of Indiana University School of Dentistry's Student Outreach Clinic, and is funded in part by the IUPUI Solution Center's Community Venture Fund, and the JP Morgan Chase Foundation through the IUPUI/Chase Near Eastside Legacy Initiative. 

Professor Karen M. Yoder PhD, MSD developed this program with the help of IU Dental students, and interns from the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy and the IU School of Public Health.  The students assisted Dr. Yoder to identify candidates for the program.

"It's been a wonderful experience to see the educational piece of this," Dr. Yoder said.  "It's been a joy to see how the students have developed their leadership skills, their organizational skills, and their ability to work with diverse people in diverse settings."


Indiana University School of Dentistry Healthy Smiles Initiative
Indiana University School of Dentistry Healthy Smiles Initiative
Goodbye to Solution Center Associate Director, Christine Fitzpatrick!

Join us in congratulating Christine Fitzpatrick, who accepted a new position as Chief of Staff to the IUPUI Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Academic Officer, Nassar Padar, effective February 1, 2014.  As Chief of Staff, Fitzpatrick will serve as an advisor to Paydar and will assist with strategic planning and change management initiatives, budget and financial planning, and policy and program development for the campus.


Christine served as the IUPUI Solution Center's Associate Director since 2010. Over the last three years, Christine worked with many Solution Center community partners to develop projects and determine how to best meet community needs through internships, research, consultation or class projects. 

We wish Christine all the best with her new role. More Information


If you previously worked with Christine on a Solution Center project, you may send future inquiries via email to or by phone at 317-278-9170.
Indiana INTERNnet Announces IMPACT awards
Indiana INTERNnet honored excellence among interns, employers and career development professionals on February 5, at the eighth annual IMPACT Awards Luncheon, sponsored by Ivy Tech Community College.  Director Janet Boston says there was a record number of nominations this year for categories including Intern of the Year and Employer of the Year.  Congratulations to the Winners!

Indiana INTERNnet, managed by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, is a statewide resource for internship opportunities that has helped connect students and employers across the state since 2001.
Welcome to our new staff member, Teresa Francis! 
This month we are excited to welcome a new member to our team! Teresa Francis is the Communication Assistant at the IUPUI Solution Center. She coordinates the center's internal and external communication and reporting efforts- keeping up with our social media accounts, orchestrating our monthly newsletter, distributing press releases, and aiding in event planning.

Teresa holds a B.A. and M.A. in Communication from IUPUI. She has completed internships with Pacers Sports & Entertainment and Heartland Truly Moving Pictures.


Congratulations recent Community Venture Fund recipient!
Small businesses, nonprofits and government agencies are invited to apply for matching grants through the IUPUI Solution Center's Community Venture Fund. These grants support community-based internship programs, research projects and short-term business assistance efforts. In February 2014, the following organizations received $20,245 in Venture Fund matching grants:
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!
Don't miss these upcoming university & community events!
Ideas Solving Social and Economic Challenges (ISSEC):  Mar. 6, 2014 
A competition to reward IUPUI students for their innovative ideas to solve social and economic challenges facing the nation and the world. 
First, second and third prizes for Top Ideas!  Plus, $1,000 award for "Audience Choice".  Register to attend the competition as part of the audience. 
2014 IUPUI Research Day: Apr. 11, 2014
Research Day celebrates the cutting-edge and multifaceted research and scholarly activities of IUPUI. This all-day event provides an opportunity for the IUPUI faculty, staff, and students, their academic, industrial, and governmental partners, and the broader community, to come together and learn more about the research enterprise at IUPUI, to explore new collaborations, and to lay the foundation for new partnerships.
10th Annual IUPUI Robert G. Bringle Civic Engagement Showcase and Symposium:
Apr. 23, 2014

This year's theme is 'Healthy and Engaged Communities: Campus and Community Partnerships as Strategies to Support the Well-Being of Indianapolis and Beyond'.  The event will feature informative workshops, poster presentations, Keynote by Paula Means , and an awards recognition program for the Plater Civic Engagement Medallion recipients.

Learn More.  



Dean Jay Hess to give
TRIP Keynote Address
March 13, 2014
The annual TRIP Keynote
Address will feature IU
School of Medicine Dean Jay Hess,
one of the nation's leaders in
epigenetics of leukemia. The 
Keynote Address will be held at
5 PM on Thursday, March 13, 2014
in the IUPUI Campus Center Room
450-C. The event is free and open
to the public. Registration is not
required however please RSVP
here to allow for adequate planning. 


For more information, visit TRIP or

contact the Center for Translating

Research Into Practice


Indiana Achievement Awards Webinar:  Managing Growth and Staying True to Mission

February 26, 2014  2:00pm-3:00pm

Join IAA for an intriguing discussion on how one Indiana Achievement Award winner, Christel House Academy has taken a strategic approach to maintaining a focus on and commitment to their mission.


We'll discuss moments of truth from their journey where missional decisions weren't simply choosing the right direction from the wrone one, but rather moments of truth where both options were good, seemed right and had backing for funding.


To register click here.


2014 Women In Business Leadership Retreat
March 7-8, 2014

This retreat is a GREAT way for women from all professional backgrounds to escape their hectic life for a day or two and learn from one another, share successes, laugh, network and strategize about what comes next. You have the option to attend half day on Friday March 7, or enjoy the full retreat and stay overnight at the Alexander Hotel!


View event schedule and register here.

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