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New Program at Indiana University School of Dentistry will Serve Military Veterans


Karen M. Yoder, PhD, MSD


The IU School of Dentistry's Healthy Smiles for Employability Program has helped many people gain the confidence and appearance they need to seek employment in many fields.  Now, The IU School of Dentistry has created a new program that will serve those who have served our country bravely:  military veterans.

The new IU School of Dentistry's Veteran's Employability: The Dental Connection will give military veterans the chance to get dental work done at no cost, with more complex dental work offered at a steep discount.  This program, like the Healthy Smiles program, is funded in part through a $20,000 Venture Fund grant from the IUPUI Solution Center.      


"The Student Outreach Clinic was such a success, we wondered what we could do for veterans," said Dr. Karen Yoder, a professor at IUPUI who developed both programs. "This will be a great way to give back."


Ten veterans have been selected for the project, and more will come. Patients in this program will be guided through the process by student navigators, who are second-year dental students. The student navigators will help the veterans get enrolled, so the vets can get the help they need.


 "We want to develop partnerships with the veterans," Yoder said. "We're using the same criteria we used with Healthy Smiles, and we're helping people become more employable."


Jeni Bolenbacker, a third-year dental student in the IU School of Dentistry, said she volunteered for the program because she has a passion for assisting veterans. She wanted the chance to see veterans achieve their goals, and she believes this program can help them do that by giving the vets the extra confidence they need.


"I like this program because this program empowers people," Bolenbacker said. "People often take for granted how lucky we are to have all of our teeth and what a negative impact missing teeth can have on employability. Being able to play my part as a dental student to help these veterans achieve oral health so that they can help themselves reach their goals is the most rewarding part of the program."  Read More   

Computer Graphic Technology Students Develop Public Service Video for PEN (Prison Enterprises Network) 

PEN, a division of the Indiana Department of Correction, manufactures goods and provides services using offender labor through the Indiana prison industries.  PEN's mission is to equip offenders for successful reentry through meaningful work and career development while operating in a self-sustaining manner.

Becky Deeb commented, "This project will benefit PEN by increasing partnerships, increasing sales and increasing awareness for our mission. The larger community of Indiana will benefit as PEN trains offenders for post release employment, reducing recidivism, making Indiana safer and saving taxpayer dollars."

Working with Becky Deeb, the PEN New Enterprise Development Manager,
Christian Rogers, Assistant Professor in Computer Graphics Technology, Purdue School of Engineering & Technology at IUPUI, and eight of his students, developed a promotional video for PEN during the Fall 2013 Semester as part of a video technology class. 
PEN Products Marketing Video
PEN Products Marketing Video

The eight Computer Graphics Technology students, Kent Hiquet, Prapti Jain, Courtney Knies, Zack Lubarski, Bryce McGlothlink, Chris Tieman, Andrea West and  Greg Wire, chose this project as opposed to an individual project. 

Working in teams, the students visited 3 adult correctional facilities (Plainfield, downtown Indianapolis, and Kokomo) to video work assignments and conduct offender interviews. 
Each student submitted their own preproduction planning, conducted video shoots and created a version of the final piece.  Read More

Summer Job and Internship Fair Brings Students and Employers Face to Face

Harold Owens II (left) shaking hands with Jake Todd (right), student at IUPUI, pursuing a Master's degree in Electrical Engineering.

The Summer Job and Internship Fair, held at the IUPUI Campus Center on February 20th, 2014, offered approximately 200 students the opportunity to meet face to face with potential employers from a variety of career fields to apply for summer jobs and internship opportunities.   


The Fair was hosted by the IUPUI University College, Office of Student Employment and was open to IUPUI students of all majors and class standings.   


Forty-Eight employers attended and offered on-site interviews to qualified candidates.


Harold Owens II, employer from Interactive Intelligence said he met good prospective employees. "We're in need,"Owens said.  Read More 

Interesting Factoid!

Almost 97 Percent of Employers Plan to Hire Interns and Co-ops in 2014

Nearly 97 percent of employers plan to hire interns and co-op students in 2014, according to preliminary results of NACE's 2014 Internship & Co-op Survey.


Congratulations recent Community Venture Fund recipients!
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!
  • Advancement Intern - Coburn Place Safe Haven  
    • Unpaid Position, 20 hours per week, Spring 2014
  • Graduate Intern- Indiana Youth Soccer   
    • $12 per hour, 20 hours per week, Spring 2014 
  • Communication Intern - Freetown Village 
    • $10 per hour, 20 hours per week, Spring 2014  
  • Graphic Design Intern,Video Production Intern, Nonprofit Research Intern, Marketing & Events Intern- Achieve
    • $10 - $12 per hour, 20 hours per week, Spring 2014    
Don't miss these upcoming university & community events!
Ideas Solving Social and Economic Challenges (ISSEC) 
Mar. 6, 2014 
ISSEC is a competition to reward IUPUI students for their innovative ideas to solve social and economic challenges facing the nation and the world.  This event will be held at the IUPUI Campus Center Theater, 3:30 pm to 6:00pm.

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 here.

2014 IUPUI Research Day: Apr. 11, 2014
Research Day celebrates the cutting-edge and multifaceted research and scholarly activities of IUPUI. Held at the IUPUI Campus Center, Room 450, 9:30am - 3:00pm, this all-day event includes a presentation ceremony followed by a keynote presentation by Mr. Richard Blanco, President Obama's 2013 Inaugural Poet. There will be poster sessions featured by undergraduate, graduate, professional students and faculty, highlighting  the groundbreaking research conducted on the IUPUI campus.

Get more information and Register here.

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.


This event will be held at the IUPUI Campus Center, 4th Floor, 10:30 am - 6:00 pm.   


Get more information and RSVP Here.  


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2014 Women In Business Leadership Retreat
Mar. 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.

IUPUI Career Fair

Apr. 2, 2014 

All IUPUI students and alumni will be able to discuss career opportunities with organizations seeking qualified students and alumni to meet their hiring needs. Students and alumni from *ALL* backgrounds and academic disciplines are encouraged to attend.  Admission is free, but professional dress is required!  


This event is Hosted by the IUPUI Career Services Council in the Campus Center, 4th Floor, 1pm to 5pm.  


View information and Register Here.   

Dean Jay Hess to give TRIP
Keynote Address
Mar. 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 at
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