Volunteer Opportunities

For most retired people, having new time for leisure activities must also be coupled with finding ways to continue to do meaningful work. Many find that the flexibility and personal rewards of doing volunteer work complement their other pursuits to create just the right balance. Those who have retired from IUPUI can find volunteer possibilities both within and outside the university through the Senior Academy.

The Senior Academy asked administrators in both academic and service units at IUPUI to list ways in which retired faculty and staff might continue to be involved productively in the work of the university. The answers ranged from short-term, low-effort jobs such as scanning a website for an academic unit or assisting with registration for an event to more sustained activities such as serving on promotion and tenure committees or mentoring students or faculty.

Below is a list of current opportunities.


Volunteer Opportunity: Recruiting for the School of Education. Activities may include meeting with high school counselors to raise their awareness of the quality of IUPUI in the field of education. Volunteers may also be invited to make phone calls to prospective students to create an early personal contact or to speak with students attending Fall Career Week.

Volunteer Opportunity: Mentoring students. Mentors are needed to serve as career consultants to students, helping them develop skills such as writing a persuasive resume, interviewing effectively, and networking. Mentors from diverse backgrounds and ethnicities are needed to best support our students.

Volunteer Opportunity: Hosting special events such as Honors Convocation, Commencement (May and December), and the Celebration of Teaching event. Having additional, professionally trained volunteers enables many more students to have a more personal experience at large events.

Volunteer Opportunity: Assisting faculty in teaching. Volunteers with experience in service learning are especially valuable to faculty seeking to add this dimension to existing courses. Volunteers also assist faculty in other activities such as reviewing and suggesting upgrades to the website, critiquing manuscripts, and editing grant proposals.

Contact: Dr. Claudette Lands, assistant dean for Student Support and Diversity |  ude[dot]iupui[at]sdnalc


Volunteer Opportunity: Suggest improvements on the School website. Outside readers and users can offer valuable advice on improvements to our communications.

Volunteer Opportunity: Serve as host or greeter at alumni events. Having additional volunteers to greet students and alumni makes large events more personal and effective.

Contact: Rafael Bahamonde | ude[dot]iupui[at]dnomahabr


Volunteer Opportunity: The School routinely hosts visitors from around the world ranging from university delegations, fellowship participants and visiting scholars.  Visitors come with a variety of interests including higher education administration, the environment, gender, social justice, philanthropic foundations and international development, among others. While their time will largely be spent engaged with our colleagues at the school, we recognize the benefits of also providing the visitors a welcome that broadens their experience and which can make the trip more memorable.

Hosting is intended to be simple and the time commitments limited. Examples may include:

  • Hosting a lunch or dinner
  • Campus or city tour
  • Cultural activity (museum, park symphony, sports event)
  • Airport welcome and transportation to hotel

Note: costs would be reimbursed by the school.

Contact: Cathie Carrigan, International Programs, Lilly Family School of Philantropy | ude[dot]iupui[at]girracmc


Volunteer Opportunity: Counsel potential graduate students on career choice and strategies for applying to graduate school. If you have academic or professional expertise aligned with graduate degree programs, you can participate in the “Chat with Faculty” that is part of the Graduate School Admissions Boot Camp” organized by the IUPUI Graduate Office.

Volunteer Opportunity: Critique written personal statements of students who are applying to graduate programs. This opportunity is open to individuals with knowledge of graduate admissions and with the elements of successful personal statements in a graduate application

Contact: Jennifer Mahoney, communications and recruitment manager | ude[dot]iupui[at]2yenoham

Studies show that seniors who volunteer and give of themselves are happier and healthier. Hundreds of community volunteer opportunities exist that will match your available time and talents with needs of many worthy organizations.

Below are some sites that volunteer of opportunities:

  • The Eiteljorg Museum has been a valuable partner and neighbor of IUPUI. At this point in the COVID-19 pandemic, it is open to the public, requiring the wearing of masks and physical distancing in the galleries, the shop, and the café. At the same time, it offers online volunteering opportunities to which we want to draw attention – Eiteljorg Museum: SOCIAL MEDIA AMBASSADORS.

    A Social Media Ambassador promotes the Eiteljorg Museum. This volunteer helps us spread the word about programs, exhibitions and exciting opportunities at the Museum to their friends and family through the following digital communications:

    • LinkedIn
    • Facebook (20K people have liked our page)
    • Instagram (4.5K followers)
    • Twitter (12k followers)
    • Website ()
    • E-newsletter (15K people are receiving it weekly)

    WHAT you can do: If you are on social media, please make sure to follow us. If you aren’t on social media but would like to be, please reach out to one of us at the museum to help you through the process.

    HOW do I become a Social Media Ambassador: Once you are following us at the Eiteljorg Museum, it’s easy to “Like,” “Share,” and “Comment” on any post you like related to the museum. You don’t have to do this for EVERY post.

    WHEN do I do this: When you are on social media, feel free to spread the word about us! We know you have other things to do so enjoy the experience. We appreciate your help!

    As a group, we can share with others our Hoosier hospitality and raise awareness for the museum at the same time.

    If you aren’t signed up to receive the weekly e-newsletter, please reach out to Hyacinth Rucker at moc[dot]grojletie[at]rekcurh.

  • AARP Site that matches your location with opportunities – gro[dot]praa[at]doogehtetaerc
  • The IUPUI Center for Service and Learning Volunteer List –
  • The United Way of Central Indiana volunteer opportunity list –
  • Volunteer Match – A national organization that matches by location –

Dietary Effects on Muscle Speed and Power in Older Adults

Subjects needed for a study to determine the effects of dietary nitrate (from beet juice) on muscle speed and power in older adults.

Eligibility: Healthy between 65 and 79; blood pressure controlled; non-smoker; no diabetes, thyroid, heart, kidney or liver disease. Able to perform exercise testing using knee joint.

Financial compensation of up to $1,000 and parking and meals provided on IUPUI camps during testing.

Contact:  Rich Hoffman | 317.274.0648 | ude[dot]ui[at]mffohcir

Many Senior Academy members continue to support IUPUI and our community through volunteer work. We share a few examples below.

  • Sherry Queener, retired director of the IUPUI Graduate Office and associate dean of the IU Graduate School, serves as the membership and events chair for the Northern Estates Homeowners Association, which supports services and activities for 522 families on the near northwest side.​
  • Steve Kirchhoff, former director of the School of Medicine service-learning office, mentors two second-graders for one hour weekly for the MSD Wayne Township HOSTS (Help One Student to Succeed) literacy program.   
  • Trish Severns, retired craniofacial program coordinator with the School of Medicine, serves on the board of , an organization that serves and supports the most vulnerable members of our community through its four philanthropic programs.
  • Gabrielle Bovenzi, retried assistant vice chancellor of Division of Finance and Administration, volunteers at Second Helpings. Second Helpings focus is hunger relief, food rescue and culinary training. Volunteer opportunities range from working in the kitchen preparing food/meals to clerical assistance in the office.
  • Marianne S Wokeck, Chancellor’s Professor Emerita of History, serves on two boards that reflect some of her interests. The Indiana Chapter of the Palatines to America is an organization for Hoosiers with interest into genealogy and history with a focus on those of their ancestors who emigrated from the territories bordering the Rhine, especially the Palatinate. The Ensemble Music Society of Indianapolis was founded during World War II and has been dedicated to bringing differently configured small groups of outstanding musicians to perform pieces from all periods of the chamber music repertoire.