Many Opportunities for Community Service Hours

Need community service hours? There is plenty of opportunity at Downtown Indiana and the Indiana Co Humane Society. Also, you can receive community service hours with the upcoming It’s A Wonderful Life Festival which goes on for weeks starting mid-November. Students can also volunteer at the shelter’s Sunday Bingo games. Downtown Indiana’s phone number is 724.463.6110 and if you are interested in Bingo call 724.762.9342.

It’s a Wonderful Life

It’s A Wonderful Life in Indiana is getting ready to gear up. Mrs. Joyce Sharman has asked if we could round up some volunteers. The things they need volunteers for are Santa’s helpers, dressing up in costumes, setups and much more. If anyone is interested, you need to contact Mrs. Sharman at or you can text her at 310-948-4010.

Migration Crisis

Fine Arts Event!

You are invited to a lecture next Tuesday, on migration crisis in the Mediterranean Sea, which has significant social, political, economic, and cultural effects for people in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East.

“Libya is Hell for Migrants: Italy, the EU and Inhumanity in the 
Mediterranean” A presentation by investigative journalist Eric Reidy: Tuesday, November 7, 2017, 5:30-6:30 p.m. in
McVitty Auditorium in Sprowls Hall

Mr. Reidy will discuss current issues in migration flows, largely of migrants and refugees from East and West Africa, from Libya to Italy.

This event is free and open to the public.
Attendance vouchers will be provided.
Co-hosted by the Pan-African Studies Program, the Department of Political Science, and the Department of Anthropology.

Questions? Please contact, Dr. Marveta Ryan-Sams at, or Dr. Rachel Sternfeld at

V for Vendetta


Tomorrow night (November 1), you are invited to join Popular Culture Methodologies and the Center for Film Studies for a viewing of The Wachowskis’ V for Vendetta, an adaptation of Alan Moore’s graphic novel.

Following the viewing, there will be a discussion of the film, and it will focus on superhero motifs, fascism/anarchy, and dystopia.



Date: Wednesday, November 1
Time: 5:30 PM
Location: HSS-225
Free refreshments and class vouchers available, too!


Mimi and Dona


The College of Education and Communications (COEC), in conjunction with the PA Elks Home Service Program and Special Kids Network, is pleased to announce the free screening of the documentary, Mimi and Dona, addressing issues of diversity, long-term care, and aging.

The film will be presented on Thursday, November 9th at 5pm in Beard Auditorium, Stouffer Hall. Following the showing there will be light refreshments and a guided discussion regarding the very important issues raised by this documentary.

All university administrators, faculty, staff, and students, as well as community members, are invited to this event. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged. Please contact the COEC Dean’s Office at 724-357-2480 to reserve your seat today.



Student SEEDS club invites you to participate in their 4th Annual Community Seed Swap on Saturday, October 28 from 1-4 pm. The event, free and open to the community, will be held in the HUB Ohio Room.

The event is part of a larger project to add to the Northern Appalachian Seed Bank. Persons attending are encouraged to bring seeds and stories about the seeds. All seeds will be provided free. The students have been collecting native wildflower seeds regularly all summer to donate, so less-common wildflower species will be available. Some herb and vegetable seeds will be available.

From 1:30-2:30 p.m., Cindy Rogers, President of the Evergreen Conservancy, will present. Natives versus Invasive Plants, are the aliens taking over? The presentation will discuss the benefits of gardening with native plants and the importance of maintaining native species in landscaping (seed swaps are a great way to acquire new wildflower seeds and heirloom garden seeds).

Persons wishing to share seeds are asked to provide the following information about each type of seed: common name, year of harvest, growth habit (height of mature plant), and stories that go along with the seeds. Seeds can be brought in a bulk package.

No genetically modified organism (GMO) or hybrid seeds should be brought for exchange.

Tables will be set up with seeds divided by vegetable, fruit or plant; volunteers will be stationed at each table to oversee the labeling of donated seeds, the distribution of seeds, and answer questions.

The event is family-friendly. After the speaker, students will lead a special children’s area complete with seed bombs (seeds bundled by kids), story time, pumpkin painting, home-made dipping dots ice cream, and other garden craft projects. The children’s activities are also free, assistance has been generously provided by the Ecological Society of America, the professional society of Ecologists that sponsors campus SEEDS clubs.

The Seed Swap is made possible by the support of the Biology Department, the Chemistry Department, the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, the student AXE club (Chemistry Fraternity), and the student ECO Club(Environmentally Conscious Organization). The student organizers of the Seed Swap are Rebekah Mikeasky and Esbeiry Cordova-Ortiz, and the student president of the SEEDS club is Samantha Soto.

Drugs, Youth, and Policy: Putting Anthropology to Work in Southeast Asia

Drugs, Youth and Policy: Putting Anthropology to Work in Southeast Asia
Anastasia Hudgins, Ph.D.
October 24th 6:00 PM, CHSS B10

Drawing from an applied medical anthropology research project conducted for UNICEF Viet Nam, Dr. Hudgins describes her approach to getting the “lay of the land” about children who use drugs, the laws and policies that guide treatment, and the treatment itself. In addition to these topics, she describes her use of ethnographic research to better understand the social meanings of drugs, the impact of compulsory detention and criminalization in the Vietnamese context, the enduring consequences of stigma, and how health practices are steeped in history and political economy. Her focus on health and human rights as a scholar and practitioner inform her findings and conclusions: that determining health goals should be built on a framework of consensus between policy makers, healthcare practitioners, and the patient/sufferer, and that achieving these goals should be participatory in nature.

Dr. Hudgins is trained as an anthropologist with expertise in the theories, methods, and interests of medical anthropology and visual anthropology. She is an Adjunct Fellow at the Center for Public Health Initiatives at the University of Pennsylvania, and a Visiting Research Professor at Rutgers University. In 2017, she co-founded a consultancy firm, Ethnologica. She has worked for clients such as UNICEF Cambodia, UNICEF Viet Nam, Jefferson Hospital, City of Philadelphia, and Scribe Video. Her projects include writing a handbook for Cambodian doctors and nurses on how to treat juveniles who have been sexually or physically abused, understanding the patient experience in urban ER rooms, and understanding the impact of the sweetened-beverage tax on retailers and distributors.

The talk is co-sponsored by the Anthropology Department, Asian Studies Program, and Public Health Program. Upcoming Anthropology in Action Speaker Series events will cover the history and archaeology of confederate monuments, Australian indigenous rights, and illness among farm workers.

Attendance vouchers available

LIVE. LEARN. INTERN. – the Ultimate DC Experience

LIVE. LEARN. INTERN. Programs – the Ultimate DC Experience!
June 2 – July 27, 2018
Early Application Deadline: December 5, 2017 – 5% tuition discount

Spend your summer in Washington, DC and prepare for your future! Academic internship programs are offered in the following fields:
• Public Policy & Economics
• International Affairs
• Journalism & Communication
• Community Leadership & Service
• Business & Government Affairs
• Leadership & the American Presidency

You will live just blocks from the national monuments, State Department and White House on the campus of George Washington University. Fully furnished housing and roommate matching is provided as part of our comprehensive program.

Earn course credit while you intern! You will earn 3 to 9 academic credits this summer. Our unique curriculum is designed to complement your DC experience with upper level government and economics courses. Academic course credit is provided through George Mason University and taught by top rated faculty from GMU and other top local universities.

An internship is one of the most important investments you can make in your future. Based on your interests and skills, you will be placed in an internship in the Washington, DC area. We have been creating academic internship experiences for almost 50 years and work with over 300 top organizations in DC.

Internship placements include:
• Federal agencies
• Congressional offices
• Policy groups and think tanks
• International affairs organizations and embassies
• Media outlets and public relations firms
• Fortune 500 companies and government relations offices
• Community-based nonprofit organizations

Who you know does matter – especially when it comes to your future job search. Our comprehensive programs are designed so you can make valuable professional connections and practice your networking skills in a real-world setting.

They offer a number of networking opportunities to enhance your internship experience and maximize your time in DC:
• Mentor Program with DC Professionals
• Professional Development Seminars
• Roundtable Discussions & Networking Receptions
• Site Briefings at Key Washington Institutions including the Capitol and State Department

“Through this program I was able to experience what life as a Washingtonian was really like. I met hundreds of people from the FBI, DHS, DOD, DOE, and DOS. From ambassadors to senators to judges – I was able to meet them all. The networking opportunities TFAS presents us with are incomparable. Talking with so many government executives, I had the experience of a lifetime.”

Jeremiah Folia, California State University, Fresno
Intern, National Defense University

“I built strong friendships and gained invaluable exposure to the bustling world that is Washington DC. From grabbing a coffee with my mentor to networking with Senators and Congressmen and women on Capitol Hill, nothing could be more transformative and concretely set the path for my career in government relations, politics, and law.”
Alexis Doss, Agnes Scott College
Intern, The Hohlt Group

APPLY NOW – 5% Discount
Make plans for your summer now! Visit to begin an online application today. Apply by the early deadline of December 5 to receive priority admissions and scholarship consideration as well as a 5% tuition discount.

They strive to make the programs accessible and affordable to the best and brightest students regardless of financial status. Scholarship awards are granted based on need and merit with over 70% of students receiving full or partial funding.

Questions may be directed to or 202.986.0384.

Free Speech in Higher Education


Event: Free Speech in Higher Education: The College Environment after Charlottesville
About: Modern racism and free speech in the United States
How: breakout sessions led by professors discussing how their disciplines view the issues, ended with student panel
When: Nov. 7th, 6pm-9pm
Who: Office of Social Equity, Provost Moerland, Faculty, Student Panelists