Friday, May 23, 2014

Alumni Profile: Meet Alaina Cutler

Alaina Cutler was always drawn to helping professions and working directly with those in need. Initially she pursued a career in nursing, but following an internship experience decided to shift her focus and eventually settled in the Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Studies focusing her education on Tourism Management.

Following another internship experience, Alaina developed love of fundraising and working in the non-profit sector, a direction she hadn’t considered originally, but one that she decided to commit her career to.  In her current role as a development Associate at The Julian Center, Alaina is focused on donor engagement, utilizing a variety of tools ranging from social media and newsletters to fundraisers to reach her supporters.

“The best part about my degree is the diversity in education I received. Where else can you get a degree that is part marketing, part management, part relationship building, and more? These focus areas are applicable to any industry, not just tourism. I graduated feeling well rounded. I knew just enough about EVERYTHING to be dangerous in a conversation,” she said.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

IU Alumni Assoication: Professional Enrichment Opportunities

It’s graduation season and newly minted grads from all IU campuses are heading out into the career world armed with degrees to empower them on their new professional journey. Whether you are a twenty something millennial or a non-traditional aged student, synthesizing your collegiate experience into a career opportunity can be a daunting task.

If current employment trends continue, as many as half of this year’s graduates will struggle to find full-time jobs many months after earning their degree. That’s scary. We get it!

As part of the new Professional Enrichment offerings at IUAA, we’ve just launched a series of career coaching packages to help the newest members of our IU alumni family prosper in the career world.
We know the first steps on your professional path can be the toughest, whether you are looking for your dream job, or trying to navigate a new role. IUAA has your back!

We like to think of the new graduate coaching packages as career insurance – an opportunity to work with an expert coach from Career Consultants OI Partners, a global firm with more than 32 years of coaching experience. OI coaches fully understand the challenges new college graduates face. With over 200 offices globally, OI provides world-class, hands-on help in areas including: job search strategies, mastering interviewing, developing a networking strategy, and personal brand-building.

The packages were designed to meet the needs of our newest alumni from 0-3 years out to address their unique needs in the world of work. We want to help stock your professional toolbox with resources that will help you throughout your career life. In addition to the individualized career coaching sessions, you will get IU Alumni Association membership, an IU ALUMNI lapel pin, and two of my favorite books:

The Startup of You, by Reid Hoffman and Ben Casnocha
Me 2.0: Four Steps to Building Your Future, by Dan Schawbel

The coaching packages come beautifully wrapped and mailed via US Post for the ultimate gift experience. There are 4 and 8 coaching session options to choose from as well as annual and lifetime membership choices. Our goal is to help you set the stage for a lifetime of success.

The beauty of career coaching is that it can be done in-person, via phone, or SKYPE. OI Partners has expert coaches available around the world to serve our IU alumni population. Whether you are in Bloomington or Berlin, we’ve got your back!

Consider empowering a recent graduate with the gift of self-confidence and career insurance with a custom IUAA career coaching package. Order a new graduate package for your favorite grad today.

With our commitment to the lifetime engagement model of professional enrichment, job search and career management coaching is also available for those at any stage in their careers. We know that your career needs evolve over time and we have designed career coaching opportunities to help you find a new role, manage your career, or develop as a leader. Check out how career coaching can help you in any stage of your professional life.

Friday, May 16, 2014

IU Alumni Association Membership - What do I get when I join?

Merch ID sample4In short, joining the IU Alumni Association is a great way to stay connected to and support IU.

IUAA members can stay informed about IU news with the Indiana University Alumni Magazine, connect with friends and make career/networking contacts among the more than 580,000 IU graduates with the online IU Alumni Directory, gain special access to online academic journals through the IU Libraries, and get help advancing their career with one-on-one career coaching and online tools. Nationally known Caroline Dowd-Higgins, host of CBS radio’s Career Coach Caroline, is the IUAA’s resident career expert.

Joining the IUAA is also a great way for alumni to show their IU pride and give back to IU.

Learn more >>

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

IU underwater science experts to investigate 'compelling' evidence of Santa Maria discovery

From IU Newsroom

Underwater science researchers from Indiana University Bloomington are investigating evidence that the wreck of the Santa Maria, the flagship of Christopher Columbus' initial voyage to the Americas in 1492, may have been discovered off the coast of Haiti.

Charles Beeker, director of the Office of Underwater Science and Academic Diving and associate clinical professor of kinesiology in the IU School of Public Health-Bloomington, said recent investigations look promising, based on scientific diving and visual inspection of the site and evaluation of remote sensing data and historic records.

"The evidence looks very compelling, and Indiana University will conduct a full investigation to determine whether this is the Santa Maria, hopefully as early as this summer," Beeker said. "We are very excited about the potential of this discovery and very pleased to help protect sites such as the Santa Maria for future generations as Living Museums in the Sea."


Thursday, May 1, 2014

SPH Grad Inspiring Others With Own Journey

When Zach Tobias graduated last May from the School of Public Health with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology,  with a concentration as a Health Fitness Specialist, he had no idea he was about to embark on a life changing journey. Dedicated to spreading a message about health and physical activity, Zach has embarked on a journey that will take him 3,600 miles across the country. By walking, and sharing his journey along the way, Zach hopes to inspire others to develop healthy, active lifestyles.

“My best friend once asked me “Zach, how are you going to change the world?” and my answer was “I have no idea….” Deep down inside I was frustrated because I didn’t have a clue and I wanted to have some crazy awesome answer to come back with that would really impress her. I thought about it for months and every night it haunted me.  Finally, one thought lead to the next, ideas were hitting me left and right, and I decided this would be the start of my answer to that question,” he said”

Zach departed from Surf City, North Carolina in April 2014 and should arrive in Eureka, California sometime in late 2014 or early 2015. His journey will be blogged on this website as well as Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Flickr. He expects to travel somewhere in the ballpark of over 3600 miles and will use apps to track his location and fitness equipment to track his vitals and stats as he travels.

You can follow Zach’s journey online at or check back for updates on Zach's progress. He'll be joining us as a guest blogger in the coming months!