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Our entire staff is devoted to helping Indiana University students become thoughtful, well-prepared, and competitive applicants to law and health-professional schools nationwide!


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Mac Francis

Director and Prelaw Advisor

Mac Francis, J.D., is an attorney and labor arbitrator with the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service. He has an extensive background in academics at Indiana University, and is especially concerned with helping prelaw students achieve their professional, intellectual, and personal goals. Mac is former President and currently on the Executive Board of the Midwest Association of Pre-Law Advisors (MAPLA), and has been the MAPLA representative on the Pre-Law Advisors National Council as well.

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Rachel Tolen

Assistant Director and Premedical Advisor

Rachel Tolen, Ph.D., specializes in advising premedical students. Rachel grew up in Bloomington, attended Indiana University as an undergraduate student, and went on to earn a Ph.D. in anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania. She returned to Indiana University and worked for a number of years advising international students before joining the Health Professions and Prelaw Center. Rachel is interested in the ways that a strong and broad undergraduate education can prepare students to become thoughtful, well-trained providers in the healthcare fields.  In 2014 Rachel was honored with the prestigious Terri Nation Outstanding Academic Advisor Award for Indiana University. 

Richard Hvale

Health Professions Advisor

Richard began working as an academic advisor for IU Bloomington during the summer of 1992.  Before joining the Health Professions and Prelaw Center in August 2009, he advised first-year students, continuing students, and students in academic difficulty.  He worked for two and one-half years as an academic advisor in the Kelley School of Business.  Richard derives satisfaction from helping students determine, strive toward, and achieve their academic goals.  His interests include reading history, watching classic movies, and going to museums.

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Eric Beckstrom

Health Professions and Prelaw Advisor

Eric Beckstrom, M.A., has taught at Ivy Tech, Indiana University, and St. Cloud State University in his native state of Minnesota. He has been an academic advisor since 2002, advising freshmen and continuing students in University Division, before joining the HPPLC staff in 2005. Eric especially enjoys helping students plan their professional development during their undergraduate years. His other interests include literature and classical Hollywood cinema; he has done graduate and post-graduate work in English, Film Studies, and American Studies.