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Indiana State professors author college-nonprofit partnerships book

Posted by isulib on December 19, 2014

Two Indiana State University professors are out with a new guidebook for nonprofit leaders that promotes campus and community partnerships for addressing many of the challenges their organizations face.

“Cooperate-Advancing your nonprofit organization’s mission through college & community partnerships” was authored and edited by Nathan Schaumleffel, associate professor of kinesiology, recreation, and sport and campus/executive director of the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Certification Program, and Tina Kruger, assistant professor of applied health sciences, in league with Indiana Campus Compact and its faculty fellows program.

While there may be a pre-existing plethora of nonprofit how-tos, this guide focuses on opportunities that potentially arise when nonprofits and colleges work together, Schaumleffel said.

“The whole premise of the book is that nonprofits need more,” he said. “There are about two million nonprofits in the United States and they’re all competing for resources, and all of them need more. They need more money. They need more volunteers. They need more staff. They need more time. They need more office space. They never have enough to meet community needs and a lot of them are really struggling. Unfortunately, most nonprofit organizations look past one of the best resources right in their back yard, which is a local college or a university.”

In order to get the most out of a college-nonprofit partnership, Schaumleffel stressed, all parties must have their needs met. When the goals of a nonprofit and a university overlap, that can mean low-cost or free resources to the nonprofit, experiential learning opportunities for students that achieve learning outcomes, and achievement of academic objectives and professional development goals of professors.

The guide also spares readers tedious re-information by specializing its focus on executive directors, board members, volunteers, and staff who are already well-aware of the fundamentals of nonprofit leadership. Written by nonprofit leaders, it pays great attention to the obstacles that hit small- to medium-sized nonprofits especially hard-such as fundraising and volunteer management. The foreword of the 153-page book was written by Nonprofit Leadership Alliance president emeritus Michael Cruz and current president Susan Schmidt.

The book was published by Indiana Campus Compact and co-authored by other faculty fellows from DePauw University, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Purdue University-Calumet, and the University of Indianapolis as part of a 2 ½-year engaged scholarship initiative.

“Engaged scholarship… [combines] faculty roles of teaching, research, and service,” according to the New England Resource Center of Higher Education.

Since many contributors had one-year fellowships, it was Schaumleffel’s responsibility as Senior Faculty Fellow and editor to manage the project from conception to publication, as well as provide content. While Schaumleffel lead-authored all but one of the chapters, he credited Kruger for her enormous contributions to the project, acting as lead-author on one chapter and co-author on another.

“The group decided as a whole that the book was something that made sense because it fills a void that’s out there,” Kruger said, “where community partners may want to work with faculty on campus but they don’t always know how-what they can ask for, how they can go about asking for it. There are a lot of books written to encourage faculty involvement with community partners, but not a lot from the other side.”

Kruger is director of the gerontology certificate program at Indiana State. She uses her knowledge of gerontology to benefit her students and community, as well as make an international impact.

For her individual project as a Faculty Fellow for 2012-13, Kruger oversaw students in her health promotion aging class while they surveyed older attendees at Dine with a Doc. Visiting two locations in Vigo County, the students asked participants about the topics that concerned them most, focusing on the ways Senior Education Ministries-the sponsor of the event-could provide them with a better quality service. The project was highlighted in Chapter One of “Cooperate” to illustrate a successful college-nonprofit organization partnership.

During the summer of 2014, Kruger also took an international community engagement and service-learning trip to Finland where she and others looked into nursing homes and senior healthcare abroad, and other issues that are important in the field of gerontology.

Indiana Campus Compact supports higher education’s efforts to help students become active and informed citizens through service-learning and community engagement. The only statewide higher education association dedicated specifically to campus-based civic engagement, it includes public, private, two-year, and four-year learning institutions. It also offers scholarships to faculty and students with similar project goals.

Since the funds from previous Faculty Fellow class projects helped seed “Cooperate”, Schaumleffel said that any profits from the book will return to the Indiana Campus Compact Faculty Fellows program for future projects.

The book can be purchased on Amazon at and is available in both paperback and Kindle e-book format.


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Finals Week: Afternoon Snacks!

Posted by isulib on December 8, 2014

Tuesday December 9 thru Thursday December 11, the Alumni Association will be in the lobby, passing out snacks to the students.

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Math & Writing Center seeks consultants for spring

Posted by isulib on December 8, 2014

Do your friends always ask you to read their papers? Do you have a knack for figuring out that problem that no one else in your class can solve? You might make a great math or writing consultant!

The Math & Writing Center is seeking upperclassmen with at least a 3.0 GPA to begin tutoring this spring. Apply for either Math Consultant or Writing Center through the student employment website. Be sure to include your undergraduate transcript, a cover letter, and your resume. If you are applying to tutor writing, please attach a research writing sample. If you have any questions, please email or call 812-237-2989.

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Dec. 3 & 4: Free pillows to ISU Students

Posted by isulib on December 1, 2014

Student Health Promotion will be giving away free pillows to students with an ISU ID. Visit us in the Cunningham Memorial Library Events Area on Dec. 3 and 4 from noon to 4 p.m. and receive a fresh, new pillow!

Pillow Power

Pillow Power

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Dec. 1 & 2: Honors Program Poster Sessions

Posted by isulib on December 1, 2014

Honors Day PresentersHonors Program will be having their General Honors 401 Poster Sessions today and tomorrow, in the Library Events Area.  Each day will be split into 2 sessions.  The morning session is from 10 am – noon and the afternoon session will run from 1 pm – 3 pm, each day.  Each session will have different students’ work.

Session 1 – December 1: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

  • Hydie Aroune, Biology: How does foreign language affect the brain?
  • Morgan Brown, History: An examination of the psychological, administrative and financial aspects of adoption
  • Kaylee Jo Fox, Multi-disciplinary Studies: Learning the language of violence: The role of violence in masculinity
  • Jaleigh Harlow, Elementary Education: From chalkboards to Smartboards: Changes of technology in the classroom
  • Mariyam Houston, Biology: Brain asymmetry
  • Samantha Rivera, Nursing: Vaccination myths
  • Katherine Runge, Political Science: Intersection of gender and party: Issue and non-issue messages primed by female primary candidates for the U.S. House
  • Joel Yoder, Art: Design agency ethics: Learning from the presentHonors-2 Honors Day Presenters

Session 2 – December 1: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

  • Lacey Brinegar, Chemistry: If it’s yellow, let it mellow: Ending an antiquated problem
  • Cara Cribelar, Nursing: Reducing stigma and promoting mental health awareness in the United States
  • Emily Gauer, Biology: Examination of the medical and financial components of targeted cancer therapy
  • Emma Gearhart, Speech-Language Pathology: Stuttering relapse and the effect on quality of life as influenced by the media
  • Devon Jacobs, Elementary Education: Why do college students join Greek life?
  • Lauren Karbowski, Nursing: TBA
  • Macy Mayle, Biology: Exploration of Alzheimer’s Disease: An investigation of possible causes and treatments
  • Tanner McCarty, Communication with Concentration in Human Communication: TBA
  • Cameron Meyer, Biology: Future applications of stem cells in organ transplantation
  • Jamie Poore, Nursing: Improving maternal outcomes for the adolescent mother
  • Awilda Romero, Political Science: TBA
  • Amber Wilcox, Chemistry: The effects of home life on a child’s education


Session 3 – December 2: 10:00 AM -12:00 PM

  • Hanna Brant, Political Science: The interaction of gender and ambition in Congress
  • Crista Dusek, Nursing: An investigation into the effects of cancer on a child’s siblings
  • Emily Fox, English: The roller coaster that only goes up: The rise of young adult literature
  • Kelsey Foy, Special Education-Elementary Education: Inclusion: How it affects your child
  • Kelsie Gregg, Athletic Training: Penalties that last a lifetime
  • Jorgi Henson, Communication with Concentration in Public Relations: The use of Twitter as a news source
  • Whitney Neukam, Communication with Concentration in Human Communication: Attachment styles and domestic violence
  • Kacie Nicoson, Nursing: Immunizations: The international controversy
  • Rose Robins, Elementary Education: Literacy intervention in elementary school
  • Elizabeth Steele, Fine Arts: Mario vs the Mona Lisa: The debate on video games as a form of contemporary artistic expression
  • Elle Steele, Biology: Plastic surgery: An overview of the history, psychological disorders, and technological impacts
  • Jessica Waldren, Mathematics: The unescapable notion of gender in mathematics


Session 4 – December 2: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

  • Collin Cummings, Social Studies Education: The effectiveness of U.S. afterschool programs in meeting the needs of disadvantaged youth, growing responsible citizens, and fostering better communities
  • Akacia Darnell, Special Education-Elementary Education: Benefits of parental involvement in their child’s education
  • Sarah Ford, Biology: TBA
  • Ashlee James, History: ‘Nothing new under the sun': The renewed interest in classical culture and literature in postmodern society
  • Carly McDonald, English, Biology: Enter Ophelia: The mental health of women in modern literature
  • Zachary Nickerson, Biology: A history of metal pollution in the Wabash River, Vigo County, using geochemical records from pond and wetland sediments
  • Christopher Poindexter, Psychology: Exercise and its effect on mental health
  • Haley Robinaugh, Interior Design: The impact of good design on affordable housing
  • Abbey Rogers, Political Science: Are college-aged students politically socialized by their former high school’s demographics?
  • Kristopher Rogers, Chemistry: Back to the future: A science-fiction film analysis of past, present, and future
  • Austin Thomas, Chemistry: The Encyclopedia Wiki     

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Open Position in Library Services: Permanent Art Collection Curator

Posted by isulib on November 24, 2014

The library recently posted an EAP Professional position to the ISU hiring site for Permanent Art Collection Curator, a position that recently became part of the Special Collections Department. The posting is active and electronic applications are being received.

Applications will be accepted until December 9, 2014

For a complete position description, including qualifications, see

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Library Hours During The Break

Posted by isulib on November 21, 2014

Fri. Nov. 21: close at 5 pm

Sat./Sun. Nov. 22/23: CLOSED

Mon. – Wed. Nov. 24-26: open 8 am – 5 pm

Thursday, Friday, Saturday: CLOSED

Sunday, Nov. 30: Open at noon – regular hours resume

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Library staff gets into Thanksgiving Basket challenge

Posted by isulib on November 20, 2014

turkey_walking_confidently_sm_wht>>It all began simply enough with an email in early October from Dara Middleton, Library Events Coordinator on behalf of the Dean:

We’d like to participate in the Thanksgiving Food Basket program for the Senior Programs Office of Western Indiana Community Action Agency. The Thanksgiving baskets will be given to the Foster Grandparent Volun teers who otherwise might not have a Thanksgiving meal.

“The Foster Grandparent Program is a nonprofit composed of low-income seniors who spend their weekdays at local schools and daycares. They provide a positive influence on the children that they work with, oftentimes being rewarded with flowers by their classrooms as a “thank you” for doing such a good job. These are not just normal volunteers. These people want to be part of something bigger than themselves. They understand that some of these children do not have a role model at home, and these grandparents are there for them. One of the biggest rewards these volunteers receive is just being called “Grandma” and “Grandpa.” To someone who may not have grandchildren, this might just be the catalyst for them to keep helping out.” (from the donation letter).

If you would like to participate, please let me know the item(s) from the following list, you would like to donate. Or, if you prefer, donate money to be used toward the purchase of items for the baskets. We thought we’d aim for 3 baskets.

The baskets are to be delivered around November 20th, so please don’t bring in a turkey just yet.


>>That email was followed with one that upped the ante:

The Systems Department is issuing a challenge to the Admin Office, Public Services, Special Collections and Technical Services to each sponsor a Thanksgiving Basket for the Foster Grandparent’s program.

Each department has the option to:

1) Collect items and/or money and send the items & money to Dara, who will do the shopping for the items not donated

2) Collect items and/or money and someone in the department shop for the items not donated.

3) Opt out of the basket all together. Individuals in the department can still contribute by sending items/money to Dara, who will create a basket.

Then time passed as each department went about gathering its items in its own way.

Finally today, November 20, we saw the culmination of everyone’s efforts. The original goal of 3 was surpassed with a grand total of 7, and packed in re-usable laundry baskets. Thanks to Ginger Garvey for providing the transportation needed to get everything delivered in one trip and thanks to the departments: Public Services, Technical Services, Library Administrative Office, Systems, and Special Collections.

7 Thanksgiving Baskets

7 Thanksgiving Baskets

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Nov. 17: Forks Over Knives documentary screening

Posted by isulib on November 17, 2014

Forks Over Knives is a 2011 American documentary film directed by American independent filmmaker, Lee Fulkerson, that advocates a low-fat whole-food, plant-based diet as a means of combating a number of diseases.

There will be a panel of experts to answer questions after the movie and popcorn to munch on during the movie.

6pm, Library Events Area

The official website for the documentary includes recipes and diet links, articles on wellness and success stories.

Forks Over Knives

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Nov. 13 onwards: English Dept. Schick Lecture Series

Posted by isulib on November 11, 2014

Schick Lecture series continues on Nov. 13

Twenty-six years after emeritus professor Joseph S. Schick endowed the Department of English at Indiana State University with the most generous gift from a former faculty member, the Schick Lectures series is as strong as ever and has an enlightening program planned this year.

In accordance with the endowment, the Schick series invites scholars from the United States and United Kingdom to lecture on literature and language topics before 1900.

All lectures, which are free and open to the public, begin at 3:30 p.m. in Root Hall A264:

Nov. 13: Cheryl Glenn, Pennsylvania State University: “Rhetoric, Writing, and Possibility.” Glenn is the author of “Landmark Essays on Rhetoric and Feminism: 1973-2000,” “Rhetorical Education in America,” “Unspoken: A Rhetoric of Silence, Silence and Listening as Rhetorical Arts,” “Rhetoric Retold: Regendering the Tradition from Antiquity through the Renaissance,” “Making Sense: A Real-World Rhetorical Reader” and other works.

Feb. 5: William Rossi, University of Oregon. Rossi is the editor of “Thoreau’s Walden, Civil Disobedience, and Other Writings,” “Wild Apples and Other Natural History Essays,” “Journal 6: 1853,” “Walden and Resistance to Civil Government,” “Journal 3: 1848-1851″ and other works.

March 5: Ralph Hanna, University of Oxford. Hanna is the author of “London Literature, 1300-1380,” “Pursuing History: Middle English Manuscripts and Their Texts,” “William Langland” and other works.

Schick taught at Indiana State, 1946-1976, and bequeathed $860,000 of his estate with his passing in 1988. The endowment is now valued at more than $1 million.

While Professor Schick’s gift to the ISU Foundation to establish a lecture series was huge, his greater gift to Indiana State University was as a teacher, campus leader and scholar for 30 years,” said Ronald Baker, professor emeritus of English and Schick’s biographer. “As a teacher of Chaucer, the English language, research and bibliography and American literature, Schick always maintained high standards in the classroom and received several honors for his teaching.”

With this lecture series, Schick continues to enrich young minds. Each lecturer spends at least a day on campus — and as many as three days in Terre Haute — so students get the opportunity to interact with these eminent academics from Oxford, Cambridge, Princeton, Brown and beyond.

During a recent visit by Pulitzer-Prize winning Irish poet Paul Muldoon, a graduate student who was studying Muldoon sat next to him at dinner — and benefited from the interview of a lifetime, said Robert Perrin, English professor and department chair. Other students may meet a lecturer and then decide to conduct future graduate classwork at the lecturer’s university.

The English department also buys a copy of the in-print books written or edited by each author, who autographs them during his or her visit. The collection, now up to 1,200 books, is kept in the Schick Library for use by students and faculty.

Contact: Robert Perrin, professor and department chair of English, 812-237-3160 or

Writer: Libby Roerig, media relations assistant director, Office of Communications and Marketing, Indiana State University, 812-237-3790 or libby.roerig@ [reprinted]

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