Poetry Reading

March 23rd, 2015

Do you like poetry? IU East has a great upcoming opportunity for you. Bianca Lynne Spriggs, an award-winning poet (2013 Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowship in Poetry, several Artist Enrichment and Arts Meets Activism grants from the Kentucky Foundation for Women, and a nominee for the Pushcart Prize) will be coming to campus to read her work on Tuesday, March 24th. The event will be in the Whitewater Hall art gallery from 7-8 p.m., and is open to the public if you want to bring friends or family. She will also lead a workshop for students earlier in the day, from 2-3 p.m. in Whitewater Hall 202.

Spriggs is an Affrilachian Poet and Cave Canem Fellow, and was named as one of the Top 30 Performance Poets in the country by The Root. She also created The SwallowTale Project: Creative Writing for Incarcerated Women in partnership with the Kentucky Domestic Violence Association, and is the creator and Artistic Director of the Wild Women of Poetry Slam featured annually at the Kentucky Women Writers Conference.

Her writings include Kaffir Lily (Wind Publications, 2010), How Swallowtails Become Dragons (Accents Publishing, 2011), and the forthcoming titles, Call Her By Her Name (Northwestern University Press, 2016), The Galaxy is a Dance Floor (Argos Books, 2016), and Circe’s Lament: An Anthology of Wild Women (Accents Publishing, 2015). She serves as the Literary Arts Liaison for the Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning where she curates the Red Door Writers Blog, as well as the Managing Editor for pluck! The Journal of Affrilachian Art & Culture and Poetry Editor for Apex Magazine.

Bianca Spriggs flyer

And the library has plenty more to offer the poetry aficionado, in poems, poetry criticism, and poetry guides. Databases like Litfinder and 20th Century American Poetry give access to hundreds of thousands of poems and poem citations, including the works of such seminal authors as Adrienne Rich, Langston Hughes, Ezra Pound, Denise Levertov, and William Carlos Williams. Other databases include American Poetry (1600-1900), which offers more than 40,000 poems from the Colonial era to the beginning of the twentieth century; and databases dedicated to specific types of authors, such as African-American Poetry (1750-1900), Latin American Women Writers, Black Women Writers, English Poetry (600-1900), Scottish Women Poets of the Romantic Period, and Latino Literature: Poetry, Drama, and Fiction add hundreds of thousands more.

But we have plenty of books and anthologies, as well. From various books of poetry like Poetry Oracle, No Turning Back: Poems of Freedom 1990-1993, or Modern English War Poetry to essays on poetry like Poetry as Survival by Gregory Orr and Why Poetry Matters by Jay Parini to how-to books like How to Write Poetry by Fred Sedgwick or Poetry Handbook by John Lennard, we can support the recreational, the scholarly, and the professional use of poetry.

Need any help finding what you want? Contact us at iueref@iue.edu!

What Comes Next

March 16th, 2015

With graduation swiftly approaching, hundreds of IU East students are about to embark on their careers. Of course, you’ve probably been preparing for your future career for a while now. Classwork, internships, part-time jobs, and more have helped hone your skills for today’s job market. But sometimes, an extra personal connection or contact can make all the difference.

A big opportunity for new or soon-to-be graduates is the 4 Colleges Career Fair, which is coming up this month – Tuesday, March 31st in the Lingle Grand Hall at Reid Hospital (on the lower level). It runs from 2:00-6:00 p.m., and features dozens of potential employers and college representatives eager to recruit you for jobs, internships, or graduate programs. Students from IU East, Ivy Tech, Earlham College and Purdue are all welcome. Registration is online at 4-colleges-career-fair-2015.eventbrite.com – for more information, you can contact Danielle Nuss at dcnuss@iue.edu or 765-973-8235.

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But of course, that’s only the tip of the iceberg of what’s available to you here at IU East. From the Office of Career Planning and Placement, which can help you with linking to job listings, internships, writing résumés and preparing for interviews; to the library, which is loaded with resources designed to help you get the job you want, everyone on campus is dedicated to your success.

At the library, our Career Connections LibGuide outlines every step of the job acquisition process, with helpful books, ebooks, videos, and websites.  From résumé building to interview skills to alternative careers to being your own boss, there’s material to help you wherever you are in the process.  And there are a plethora of links to respected sources, from job listings to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Handbook – which can be crucial for gauging the potential earnings and working conditions of any career you’re hoping to get into. And there’s plenty for underclassmen, too, for whom getting a job is a little further in the future!

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us at iueref@iue.edu!

Service “is vital for a human being”

March 9th, 2015

We continue our Center for Service-Learning (CSL) student profiles series with Jason Farmer, a sophomore at IU East. He is originally from Dunkirk in Jay County, Indiana. Jason is currently majoring in Psychology. He says of his future plans: “Nothing is set in solid because the future is not stone,” but he would love to work in the psychology field within the military as of right now.


As a CSL student staff member, Jason works at Friends Fellowship Community, an assisted living facility, and at the Fairview Boys & Girls Club. He was interested in doing service because he believes it “is vital for a human being.” He enjoys the feelings of being part of the community and of doing his part. Since Jason loves meeting new people, service-earning is a perfect match for him. He says, “As a psychology major, people are my study, and working at Friends Fellowship and the Boys & Girls Club is a great way to see many different perspectives.” Jason enjoys all of the people he has met as part of his service. Terry Price, Director of Life Enhancement at Friends Fellowship, said: “Jason has impacted the community of Friends Fellowship by providing more services and is a responsible extra hand.”

One of Jason’s memorable experiences while working at Friends Fellowship was looking at the Wayne County veteran’s book and realizing how many residents had spent time with the efforts of WWII. “That is such an interesting time period that these people lived through,” Jason observed. He thought it interesting to see pictures of them in their younger days, and comparing them to how they look today.Some of his most enjoyable experience at Friends is talking to the residents. “As a young man, I do not get to experience these perspectives that the residents have to offer as much as I like. These residents have a lot to offer when it comes to wisdom and advice because if you think about there is no way anybody has experienced as much as they have until you have become their age. I have learned that a lot of these residents may be old physically, but mentally many of them are young. I can gladly call the residents my friends.”


Women’s History Month

March 2nd, 2015

March is Women’s History Month, and you can celebrate by informing yourself. Women’s History is an important topic in the history of the United States because women helped to shape parts of our history. During the Civil War, women played the important roles of nurses who brought our soldiers back to health. Women later took a stand for themselves during the Women’s Suffrage Movement, which lasted from around the 1840’s until the 19th amendment, which states that the United States cannot deny or abridge a citizen the right to vote based upon sex, was passed and ratified in 1920. The next task women faced was their liberation, which sparked the Women’s Liberation Movement. This developed in the late 1960’s when women became tired of being “home-makers” and wished to do more with their lives and wished to end gender inequalities. This movement still extends today. You can learn more about these issues in several ways.

First, you might try visiting the Women’s History Month website. This provides some basic information on the celebration of the month and how the national recognition came to be.

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You can also visit our informative display in the library. The display includes some information on important faces of women’s history month, like Betty Friedan and Susan B. Anthony. The display also includes an interactive question of the week. For the interactive question, if you answer correctly and your name is drawn, you can win a small prize from the library! The display is located in the front lobby of the library. Stop on by!

Lastly, you can inform yourself by reading some of the great books or watching the fantastic videos that we have available. Several are featured in the Women’s History Month Display, and here are some more you might want to check out:

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Altogether, Women’s History is a topic worth looking into. You can learn more by contacting us here at the library: iuref@iue.edu. Happy reading, searching, and learning!

Financial Literacy and You

February 23rd, 2015

The deadline for filing the FAFSA is March 10th! This crucial form determines your eligibility for financial aid, including Pell Grants, federal student loans and work-study jobs. Without it, college can be much more expensive!


Fortunately, IU East has lots of knowledgeable people to help you. The office of financial aid and scholarships http://www.iue.edu/finaid is a great place to start. Director Sarah Soper and Associate director Amy Jarecki are very helpful for providing much reliable information. Did you know that a student needs to file a FAFSA every year to be eligible for federal and state aid?  Did you know that graduate students need to file the FAFSA every year? You can contact these dedicated IU East staff to help you navigate the process.

If you’re interested in learning on your own, IU East has plenty of great resources for you. It can be a challenge to wade through the vast world of information to locate what you need, so we’ve selected a number of sources and aids that are likely to be useful to you. The column on the right side of this list are sources hand-picked by Amy, and include information on the FAFSA and student loans, as well as thought provoking documents on money personality and why financial literacy is so important. The left column includes library resources. We have a wealth of articles in our databases about financial literacy, money matters, and financial aid, but these should be especially helpful. And we have a load of financial literacy books, as well. You can choose from titles like Ultimate Financial Plan: Balancing Your Money and Life by Jim Stovall, Degunking Your Personal Finances by Shannon Plate, On the Road: Starting Out by Sheryl Garrett, Your Money and Your Life: A Lifetime Approach to Money Management by Robert Aliber, or Financial Literacy Education: Neoliberalism, the Consumer and the Citizen by Michael Peters.

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And of course, the US government has lots of material on line to help. The Education Department and the Treasury Department have plenty to say about the FAFSA and financial literacy, and tools like My Money can help with earning, borrowing, and investing money wisely.


More, here at IU East there is a faculty learning community to discuss strategies that can help students improve their financial literacy. Members are interested in your input. To share your ideas please contact Amy Jarecki, Lora Baldwin, Tonya Breimeyer, Oi Lin Cheung, Roger Crane, or Frances Yates.