August 2017

August 2017 Newsletter

Welcome Back Message from Vincent E. Isom, Director of IU 21st Century Scholars Program

Greetings IU 21st Century Scholars! We hope that you had a wonderful summer. We are looking forward to your return to the Indiana University and seeing the incoming class during IU Welcome Week on August 14-19, 2017. This year, many of our returning scholars have traveled overseas to Brazil and India through the IU OVPDEMA Overseas Studies during the summer break, and/or gearing up to study abroad for the Fall 2017 semester, while others are concluding their summer internships/externships in a number of career fields across the United States. Some 21st Century Scholars are graduating from the Indiana University’s cadet program and stepping into roles as IU police officers. As Director, I know that each of you will be a living example of why the IU 21st Century Scholars Program is successful and provide the necessary encouragement for our incoming freshman class. Your involvement on and off campus shows why taking full advantage of the opportunities presented by our program and/or various other IU outlets is so important.

I would like to plug a few opportunities that will be presented in the newsletter in the upcoming weeks. Academic Success Groups will be available to support students enrolled in a few of our more challenging subjects such as Anatomy, Chemistry, Math, and more. If you want to have a tutor and be a part of a group of serious minded students striving to earn the highest grade possible, this opportunity is for you. If you are a female 21st Century Scholar in her junior or senior year and looking for mentors from the professional world to engage in professional development and networking, please read about the Pass The Torch Initiative below. If you are interested in community service, look no further, our newly designed GIVE BACK and Volunteer Corps Student Organization is for you.

Our professional staff, colleagues, student staff, and tutors look forward to serving you throughout the 2017-2018 academic year. Please feel free to contact our office anytime at iub21cs@indiana.edu or visit our website at http://go.iu.edu/21st. We are here to assist you in reaching your academic and professional goals of a bachelor’s degree and the pursuit of your chosen career path. See you soon! 

IU 21st Century Scholars Program - Sign Up for a IU Faculty-Student or IU Corporate-Student Women Mentor for the 2017-2018 Academic Year!!

The IU 21st Century Scholars Program would like to invite all IU 21st Century Scholars to sign up for a mentor during the 2017-2018 academic year. We will have two types of mentorship program: 1) IU FASE Faculty-Student Mentorship Program and 2) IU Pass the Torch for Women Corporate Mentorship Program.

The IU FASE Faculty-Student Mentorship Program under the IU Office of Mentoring Services and Leadership Development (OMSLD) provides IU 21st Century Scholars an opportunity to learn, grow, and gain insight from an IU faculty mentor; connect with a IU professor one-on-one or in a small group; and acquire career advice, support and encouragement from an IU faculty member. The program is open to all scholars. To sign up for a faculty mentor, please register online BY August 31, 2017 at https://iu.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8wZGnIWHkfN0I0R. For more info, please contact Arnell Hammond at hammonda@indiana.edu

The IU Pass the Torch for Women Corporate Mentorship Program in partnership with Pass the Torch for Women provides IU 21st Century Scholars women an opportunity to learn, grow, and gain insight from a corporate professional women in the state of Indiana; acquire career advice, support and encouragement from an corporate women leader; and connect scholars with the networks and resources within her profession. The program is ONLY open to juniors and seniors female college students. To sign up for a corporate mentor, please register online BY August 31, 2017 at https://iu.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bOQ1NtXVcLdg3zv. For more info, please contact Roy Y. Chan at rychan@indiana.edu

IU 21st Century Scholars Program - Join IU G.I.V.E. Back Program for FREE Money!!

In an effort to promote volunteerism and philanthropy on-campus, the IU 21st Century Scholars Program is pleased to announce this academic year the "2017-2018 IU 21st Century Scholars Servant Leadership Initiative Award." Funded by the IU RPS Residential Life and supported by the IU Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs (OVPDEMA), the IU 21st Century Scholars Program will award up to$500.00 per semester for IU 21st Century Scholars performing voluntary and community service hours and/or projects within the Bloomington area.

To qualify, scholars must live on-campus, have a minimum of 2.5 GPA, and be an active member of IU 21st Century Scholars Volunteer Corps. Preferences will be given to freshmen, transfer, and those who do NOT receive the IU Covenant Award.

To apply, please download an application at http://iu.box.com/v/IUB21CS-GIVE-Back-Application and submit application materials to iub21cs@indiana.edu. The application deadline is August 15, 2017. We strongly advise scholars who are interested to apply ASAP. LIMITED AVAILABILITY! 

IU 21st Century Scholars Making a Difference this Summer in Bloomington, Indiana

More than 10 IU 21st Century Scholars are currently making a difference this summer with the Monroe County Community School Corporation in Bloomington, Indiana. Check out the official press release at http://news.iu.edu/stories/2017/07/iub/13-experience-dema-mccsc-partnership.html

IU 21st Century Scholars Program: Call-Out Meeting for IU's Volunteer Corps on Tuesday, August 29, 2017 at 6:00PM

The IU Volunteer Corps is a student organization primary composed of IU 21st Century Scholars dedicated to serving the Bloomington community throughout our undergraduate careers. Many civic and social activities are offered through Volunteer Corps, each of which is designed to enrich your education experience as a IU 21st Century Scholar. Volunteer Corps annual events includes: IU Greening Cream and Crimson, Girls Inc. Holiday Hoopla, Stone Belt, Bloomington AIDS Walk, Kelley 5K, and the IU 21st Century Scholars Day. Volunteer Cors is a great way to meet other IU 21st Century Scholars and network in the Bloomignton community.

We will have a call out meeting for all IU 21st Century Scholars on Tuesday, August 29th at 6:00PM. To learn more about us, please visit https://beinvolved.indiana.edu/organization/VolunteerCorps or contact Michael A. Jefferson III at jefferma@iu.edu.

When:Tuesday, August 29, 2017, 6:00PM-7:00PM
Where: TBA

ATTENTION FRESHMEN SCHOLARS (CLASS OF 2021) - IU 21st Century Scholars MANDATORY Orientation on Thursday, August 17, 2017 at 9:00AM-11:00AM OR 11:30AM-1:30PM

The IU 21st Century Scholars Program would like to kindly remind ALL incoming IU freshmen (Class of 2021) that your MANDATORY orientation will be held on Thursday, August 17, 2017 at 9:30AM-11:00AM OR 11:30AM-1:30PM. This is REQUIRED for ALL incoming scholars. Attendance will be checked. Please check your IU e-mail for more info.

When:Thursday, August 17, 2017, 9:00AM-11:00AM (A-L) or 11:30AM-1:30PM (M-Z) (by last name)
Where: IU Woodburn Hall, Room 100, 1100 E 7th St, Bloomington, IN 47405

ATTENTION FRESHMEN SCHOLARS (CLASS OF 2021) - Submit IU MyStudentBody BY Friday, August 11, 2017

The IU 21st Century Scholars Program would like to kindly remind you that ALL incoming IU freshmen (Class of 2021) MUST complete the IU MyStudentBody - PART I by THIS Friday, August 11, 2017. This is REQUIRED for ALL incoming students. Failure to complete the module will result in a "hold" on your academic records.

To complete the IU MyStudentBody - PART I, please visit https://one.iu.edu/launch-task/iu/mystudentbody

Fall 2017 Schedule with Academic Advisors and Professional Staff

Do you have a question about course requirements? Are you having troubles with financial aid? Our academic advisors and professional staff at the IU 21st Century Scholars Office are available by appointment only throughout the Fall 2017 semester. To schedule an appointment, please call the office line at (812)-856-1910 or send an e-mail to one of the advisors/staff.

Fall 2017 By Appointment Only Schedule
Jenifer L. Berry(Lead Academic Advisor):berryjl@indiana.edu
Babita L. Upadhyay(Advisor, Probationary Students):bupadhya@indiana.edu
Karen M. Franks(Academic Advisor):kmfranks@indiana.edu
Duncan M. Mathies(Retention and Graduation Specialist):mathiesd@indiana.edu
Victoria Witham(Department Secretary):viwitham@iu.edu
Roy Y. Chan(Special Projects Coordinator):rychan@indiana.edu
Vincent E. Isom(Director, 21st Century Scholars Program; Fellow, Thomas I. Atkins Living Learning Center):visom@indiana.edu

* To schedule an appointment with an advisor, please visit http://one.iu.edu/launch-task/iu/student-appointment-scheduler?terms=sas

Where: IU 21st Century Scholars Program, Eigenmann Hall 619 South, 1900 East 10th Street, Bloomington, IN 47408

Farewell to Precious S. McMillon ('14), Retention and Graduation Specialist at IU 21st Century Scholars Program

On July 25, 2017, the IU 21st Century Scholars Program said farewell to our fearless leader and alum, Precious S. McMillon ('14) as she begins her transition to graduate school this fall. During the past three years, Precious have served as our Indiana ScholarCorps AmeriCorps member in the IU 21st Century Scholars Program where she provided invaluable support to our current scholars, parents and staff at Indiana University Bloomington. Through her vast knowledge and experience, Precious has mentored and supervised over 2,000+ scholars to maintain and secure the 21st Century Scholarship through the Indiana Commissioner for Higher Education (CHE) and the 21st Century Scholarship Covenant through the IU Office of Scholarships. In addition, Precious has provided direct supervision to the IU 21st Century Scholars Volunteer Corps and the IU G.I.V.E. Back Program where she oversaw the growth and civic participation of our current scholars performing community service work in the Bloomington area. Our entire department and the IU OVPDEMA family will truly miss her charming and down-to-earth personality. We wish Precious the very best as she pursues her M.S.Ed. degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs at the IU School of Education.

Duncan M. Mathies ('17), an IU 21st Century Scholar alumni of our program, will serve as our NEW Retention and Graduation Specialist in the IU 21st Century Scholars Program. We are thrilled to welcome Duncan on board. Welcome Duncan!

IU 21st Century Scholars Program - RSVP to Volunteer at "47th Annual Indiana Black Expo" THIS Weekend on July 14th, 15th, and 16th in Indianapolis, IN

The IU 21st Century Scholars Program within the IU Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs (OVPDEMA) would like to invite all IU 21st Century Scholars to volunteer with us during the "47th Annual 2017 Indiana Black Expo" THIS weekend on July 14, July 15, and July 16 from 12:00PM to 5:00PM at the Indiana Convention Center, Exhibit Hall, 100 South Capitol Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46225. Over 100,000+ African-American families and prospective scholars are expected to attend the event. Visitors will have the opportunity to take part in fun, hands-on activities for all ages, take campus virtual tours, meet with campus representatives, and much more. If you are available to help us  welcome and greet parents and students, please RSVP at Click Here. FREE lunch, FREE t-shirt, and a FREE IU Gift Bag will be provided to all volunteers. For more info, please visit http://indianablackexpo.iu.edu. Questions can be sent to our special projects coordinator Roy Y. Chan at rychan@indiana.edu.

RSVP to Volunteer:Click Here
When: This Friday July 14th, Saturday July 15th, and Sunday July 16th at 12:00PM-5:00PM
Where: Indiana Convention Center, Exhibit Hall, 100 South Capitol Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46225