Senior Academic Advisor
Arnell Hammond grew up in New York State. At 17, she moved to Washington, D.C. to attend Howard University where she earned a B.A. in Communication Arts. Her first career was in book publishing, and for many years she was employed as a publicist and
for several small, scholarly presses. Later, while completing an M.A. degree in Developmental Reading at The George Washington University, she worked in the office of a graduate dean and discovered the field of college student services. She has held a variety of
academic advising and related student services positions ever since.
Arnell and her son moved to Bloomington so that she could pursue a doctorate in Higher Education and Student Affairs at Indiana University. Her first on-campus job was as an academic advisor in University Division where she served a wide range of students from
all over the world and from all walks of life. She defines diversity, in all its many forms (race, gender, nationality, religion, class, culture), as inclusion, respect for, and acceptance of individual differences. She is pleased to be working with HHC students
on new programs and initiatives.
Arnell became a pescetarian (on the way to veganism) almost two years ago, loves music, the arts, reading, movies, gardening, and Zumba!. She is active in her faith and volunteers at the Lilly Library and in the First Friends Program of Big Brothers, Big
Originally from the Chicago area, Lisa Bluder
went to St. Olaf College in Minnesota and received
her B.A. in psychology and family studies. Since then she has worked
at a non-profit community center for adults with brain injuries in the
Chicago area and for IU Medical Center in Indianapolis doing cognitive
testing with Alzheimer's patients.
Field of Study: Lisa recently completed the masters program for
& student affairs located in the School of Education.
Hobbies: Reading, walking, biking, traveling, baking, and Yoga.
of all, she enjoys spending time with family and friends.
Best tip for the college years: Enjoy the opportunities IU
as a student-extracurricular activities, performing arts & sporting
events, guest lectures, study abroad, community service, and many
more! It will help provide: a good sense of "balance" to course work,
an avenue to meet new people, and possibly inspire new
Mohamed was born and raised in Zanzibar, Tanzania. He went to
college at the
Russian Friendship University in Moscow, Russia where he graduated with a law degree. After a brief working stint in Tanzania,
he joined Indiana University Bloomington School of Law and graduated with a Masters Degree (LLM) in International Law. He is
currently working towards a PhD in Political Science. He also taught Swahili at Indiana University Bloomington for seven
Hobbies: Travelling, learning foreign languages and cultures and spending time with family and friends.
Best tip for the college years: Take advantage of the many
opportunities that are available to you at college. Your college
are the best chance for you to exploit the countless resources made available and that may not be there once you graduate. It
is a lifetime opportunity. Take advantage of it!
Mindy L. Metzcar
Of all the places in Indiana in which Mindy Metzcar has
she enjoys Bloomington the most. She moved to Bloomington in
2004 upon receipt of a B.A. in communication from Purdue
University. She then completed a M.S. in Higher Education and
Student Affairs from Indiana University in 2008. Since then she
worked as an International Student Advisor in the Office of
International Services at Indiana University.
Field of Study: Mindy completed a master's in higher education and
student affairs in the School of Education and is currently enrolled as
a part-time student in the master's in social work program through the
School of Social Work at IUPUI.
Hobbies: Exercising, reading, sewing, spending time with friends and family, traveling, and cooking.
Best tip for the college years: Take time to explore IU and the surrounding Bloomington community and get involved outside the classroom. Your opportunities are limitless!