December 2016

December 2016 Newsletter

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

Merry Christmas, Scholars! As we prepare for the spring 2017 semester, our office wants to take a moment to wish you a safe, happy and restful holiday season. When the holiday season comes around, it brings to mind the importance of caring for others and drawing together as a family or community. This is a simple reminder that we are here for you to aid you with any obstacles that you may encounter on your path to graduation. If you would like to simply talk, we are here for you. If you want to celebrate accomplishments that you have made, we are here to celebrate with you. If you would like to be featured in our newsletter, why wouldn’t we want to know how you are doing and what you are enjoying about being at Indiana University? Our office and I are here for you as part of our IU 21st Century Scholars family.

As many of you prepare to visit family and friends for New Year's, I hope you will take time to acknowledge the people who have positively affected your life. I am particularly thankful to the entire IU community for your unwavering support of our mission. Thank you for all that you do for the IU 21st Century Scholars Program. If you need anything, please don’t hesitate to communicate with us at iub21cs@indiana.edu. Wishing you happy holidays and a beautiful, brilliant new year!

Message of Unity from Roy Y. Chan, Special Projects Coordinator of IU 21st Century Scholars Program

In the wake of this year’s elections, Indiana University Bloomington have witnessed some unfortunate expressions of bigotry and intolerance, here on the IU campus and elsewhere around the country. Obviously, these incidents are unacceptable and are inconsistent with our democratic values and our sense of common decency. Due to these events, many IU 21st Century Scholars are experiencing anxiety and feelings of physical and psychological insecurity. I want everyone to know that the leadership in our Department will do everything in its power to ensure the safety of our scholars. In these tumultuous times, we need to reassure one another that we care about the well-being of our community and we are committed to protecting the dignity and fundamental rights of all of its members.

With this said, if you or your friends have experience an act of discrimination or harassment based on race, ethnicity, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, and/or disability this semester, we ask that you kindly report it to Indiana University at http://biasincident.indiana.edu. Indiana University respects the privacy of those who have experiences of bias-based treatment.

FREE Books at the IU 21st Century Scholars Conference Room

Did you know that the IU 21st Century Scholars Office have FREE books for you to take home? At the IU 21st Century Scholars Program, we believe in the importance of helping our students grow in their literacy skills at Indiana University Bloomington. We encourage all scholars to stop by our conference room and grab a FREE book. Books include the Twilight series, leadership development, sports, among others.

Where: IU 21st Century Scholars Office, Eigenmann Hall 619 South, 1900 E. 10th Street, Bloomington, IN 47408

IU Spring 2017 - Last Day to Drop Classes

At the IU 21st Century Scholars Program, we know that circumstances can sometimes change between course registration and the start of the Spring 2017 semester. If you do find yourself in the position of not being able to attend for the spring semester, please be aware that your class registration WILL NOT be cancelled just because you don't attend the class. You would need to take action to officially drop the class or classes by Sunday, January 15th, 2017, 11:59PM, to avoid receiving a grade of 'W' (withdrawn) or 'F' (failing) on your University transcript.

IU 21st Century Scholars Program - "In the News"

Below are a few press release from the media about the IU 21st Century Scholars Program in 2015-2016.

1) "IU Students Talk about the Benefits of Being a 21st Century Scholar" - http://viewpoints.iu.edu/student-experience/2016/12/09/if-it-wasnt-for-this-scholarship-i-dont-know-that-i-would-be-able-to-go-to-college
2) "Study Abroad Fair allows IU 21st Century Scholars to Explore Possibilities" - https://diversity.iu.edu/news-events/news/study-abroad-fair-recap.html
3) "Partnership Helps Low-income Marion County Students Prepare and Pay for College" - https://diversity.iu.edu/news-events/news/21-century-partnership.html
4) "IU Bloomington to Receive Part of $1.8 Million Award through the IU 21st Century Scholars Program" - http://www.wbiw.com/local/archive/2015/03/bloomington-iu-university-to-receive-part-of-18-m-award.php
5) "IU 21st Century Scholars Receives Free U.S. Passport through the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) Generation Study Abroad Pledge" - http://studynews.ciee.org/2016/02/iu-bloomington-and-ciee-to-host-one-of-the-largest-passport-giveaways-in-the-country.html
6) "IU Bloomington Recognized for its Outstanding Commitment to 21st Century Scholars" - http://news.indiana.edu/releases/iu/2015/12/21st-century-scholars.shtml

IU 21st Century Scholars Program - "Evaluation of Fall 2016 E-Newsletters"

What do you think about our weekly e-newsletters? As we conclude the Fall 2016 semester, the IU 21st Century Scholars Program would like to kindly invite you to complete a brief online evaluation of our weekly e-newsletters at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/IUB21CSNewsletter16-17.

The online survey should only take less than 3 minutes to complete. All scholars who complete the online survey by Monday, January 2, 2017 will be entered into a drawing to receive a FREE ticket to the Indianapolis Zoo.

Survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/IUB21CSNewsletter16-17
Deadline: Monday, January 2, 2017
Prize: FREE Ticket to Indianapolis Zoo

**IU OVPDEMA Overseas Studies & Scholarship Program** - "Study Abroad Summer 2017 Scholarship to India"

Want to study abroad this summer for a reduced cost? The IU OVPDEMA Overseas Studies & Scholarship Program in collaboration with the IU 21st Century Scholars Program will organize a Summer 2017 trip to India for IU 21st Century Scholars. The IU OVPDEMA will offer "partial scholarships" to IU 21st Century Scholars. The total cost for the program with scholarship is $1,200

The purpose of the India Study Abroad Program is to allow students to gain in-depth and experiential knowledge of Indian history, social and cultural norms, social justice and corporate social responsibility issues across India and urbanization and globalization in India. An information session will be held on Monday, January 9, 2017 at 3:30PM in IMU Oak Room. Application deadline is Monday, January 16, 2017. To apply, please visit: https://ovpdemaoverseas.indiana.edu/study-abroad-programs/india-application.html. Questions can be sent to demaschl@indiana.edu.

Apply: https://ovpdemaoverseas.indiana.edu/study-abroad-programs/india-application.html
Information Session: Monday, January 9, 2017 at 3:30PM in IMU Oak Room
Application Deadline: Monday, January 16, 2017
When: May 13, 2017 - May 27, 2017
Where: Delhi, Agra, Varanasi, and Mumbai, India

Credits: 3.0 units