Juanita Carter Receives Award for Excellence in Prosecutor’s Office Administration
From Left: Juanita Carter, Wayne County Prosecutor Michael W. Shipman
Juanita Carter, office manager for the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office, was recently honored by Indiana prosecutors. Nominated by Prosecutor Michael W. Shipman as a “shining example of competency, commitment and loyalty”, she was awarded the Kathy Falkner Richey Award for excellence in prosecutor’s office administration.
“She has served faithfully the Prosecutor’s Office and the people of Wayne County,” said Prosecutor Shipman. Noting she has worked 33 years through the terms of six prosecutors, he said, “the number of years that Juanita has served is impressive alone and on its face, it is shadowed by how Juanita has treated people through her career…comforting children who are victims of sometimes horrific crimes, making them temporarily forget that the Courthouse feels like a scary place…To keep this positive and cheerful outlook, not only over 33 years, but also under the daily barrage of tragedy and hopelessness that comes with this line of work, is an amazing accomplishment in itself.”
Also honored for excellence in office administration during the annual awards program was Cindy Craig, CFO of the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office.
Medical Monday: ‘Diabetes does not have to be your destiny’
State Rep. Vanessa Summers is on a personal mission to educate Hoosiers about diabetes and pre-diabetes.
She will bring her message to the December Medical Monday, which is at 1 p.m. Dec. 11 at Central United Methodist Church in Richmond. Summers, with the Indiana Minority Health Coalition in Indianapolis, will share about a program aimed at preventing Type 2 Diabetes.
“I want to provide information about the National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP) targeting pre-diabetics in Indiana,” Summers said. The title of her presentation – “Diabetes Does Not Have to be Your Destiny” – stems from her passion about educating and motivating others to do what they can to avoid developing the disease through proper nutrition and exercise.
She said the program recognizes what the Centers for Disease Control cites as a national epidemic. “The Indiana Minority Health Coalition is working to reduce the number of pre-diabetics with the NDPP program,” she said.
Summers said her grandmother was an insulin-dependent diabetic. It seemed to skip a generation, she said, noting she was diagnosed in 2008 and that she has several cousins with the disease.
She is participating in the program she will be sharing about at Medical Monday. “With NDPP, it keeps me motivated to fight to help others by spreading the news. Controlling my diabetes is a day to day thing, but using the principles in NDPP and applying them to my life has helped.”
To attend, please RSVP Sharrie Harlin at (765) 983-3000, ext. 4676. The church is a 1425 E. Main St. in Richmond. Medical Monday is supported by Reid Health Community Benefit.
Spotlight: Artist Enhances Hayes Hall Atrium with a Three-Piece Mobile
The latest installation of art at Indiana University East continues to add beauty and prompt discussion on campus.
"Blue Madonnas" by Terry Welker are now on display in the Hayes Hall Atrium.
The new three-piece work viewed by daily passersby is a colorful mobile installation called “Blue Madonnas.”
Terry Welker, an architect/artist living in Kettering, Ohio, created the attractive work that was originally called “Blue Birds.” It is now known as “Blue Madonnas” because the artist added small birds to the middle (womb) of each piece.
“I’m not trying to mimic nature – I’m responding to my memory of nature,” Welker said, noting the birds are fairly abstract.
Students, staff and faculty say they’ve enjoyed the addition of the colorful art.
“The new mobile art in the Hayes Hall entryway has added a positive dimension to the learning environment,” said Karen Clark.
Clark spends time at Hayes Hall as dean of the School of Nursing and Health Sciences and an associate professor of nursing at IU East.
“Faculty, staff, and students have commented on how the art enhances the space, filling it with an aesthetically pleasing design that stimulates conversation and promotes a sense of relaxation,” she said.
Ed Thornburg was inspired to seek out some art for the Hayes Hall entryway in 2016. He serves as campus art director and director/curator of the fine arts art galleries.
“While in Hayes Hall, looking at the well-lit entry and foyer areas, for some reason I wished there was a central art piece to warm up the angular and linear spaces,” he said. “Terry Welker’s animated and colorful mobiles came to mind.”
Thornburg already was familiar with Welker’s work after coordinating his exhibit at IU East in 2015. That show developed after Thornburg met Welker at an exhibit in Dayton, Ohio, in 2013. They exchanged business cards, and Welker’s card sat in Thornburg’s file for a few months until he started to investigate his art.
Thornburg said he made some serious contact with Welker regarding a possible exhibit on campus. Although Welker was quite busy with ongoing works in various parts of the United States and Mexico, he made the trip to Richmond to meet Thornburg and see the gallery spaces.
After seeing the open space of the Tom Thomas Gallery, Thornburg said Welker was excited to explore the possibilities of an interactive / inclusive installation. Over the course of several months, he created “The Consent,” a ginkgo-themed show. He filled the entire space with related text and poetry in May 2015. Thornburg calls “The Consent” a “beautiful and creative show,” saying it attracted a great deal of interest and attention by campus and area visitors.
During the next year, Thornburg was inspired to propose more art in Hayes Hall. Welker said his background as an architect and sculptor helped as he looked at the composition of the space to create something that ties the Hayes Hall areas together.
A lot of Welker’s approach to art depends on size and scale. He said the mobiles must be intentionally large so the scale is right.
The final size of the large work is approximately 11 feet wide by 10 feet tall, and it rotates 360 degrees.
“If it would be any smaller, it would get lost,” he said.
The companion piece is 7 feet tall by 8 feet wide by 5 feet deep.
Being careful with the skylight, Welker worked with the university’s architect to add cables that could be concealed to help display “Blue Madonnas.”
When the air pressure changes, such as the opening of Hayes Hall’s exterior doors or the air conditioning kicks on, the mobile will start to subtly move.
“I’m letting gravity do its job,” he said.
Making these mobiles takes Welker a great deal of time and coordination. He gets his wire custom-bent to his specifications on a vendor’s special machines. He also uses special dye that is heated to 145 degrees to get the rich blue color, comparing the process to dyeing Easter eggs.
He said he was highly honored and pleased that IU East wanted to add his works to its permanent collection, noting that art can make a big difference in the environment to create a sense of place.
“The campus is going in the right direction,” he said.
Welker said he enjoyed interacting with students and staff while installing the art and found it rewarding to give a lecture to one of Assistant Professor Carrie Longley’s classes. Longley is also the department chair of IU East’s Fine Arts program.
Teaching is nothing new to Welker, who began his formal education in fine art at Wright State University, but later moved toward architecture. After completing his graduate work as a Wolfson Fellow at the University of Cincinnati in 1987, he continued teaching design and drawing at UC for several years.
An award-winning architect, he opened his own office in 1994 and created the Archetype Gallery serving artists of the Miami Valley. He’s a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, with only about 3 percent of members being part of this distinguished group. Welker says his teaching background, gallery experience, and architectural knowledge in design and structure all inform his work as a sculptor.
Welker is still a practicing architect, but said “my nights, weekends and vacations are dedicated to art.”
He juggles several art projects at the same time. Some of his works can be found at sites ranging from Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, to the Dayton Metro Library Main Branch, where he installed “Fractal Rain” this year.
X-Culture Academy Provides Business Students with Opportunity to Solve Problems with Virtual International Teams
This fall semester a group of Indiana University East students have had the opportunity to work with other students in higher education from across the globe through the X-Culture Academy, a program that teams students together to solve real problems companies are facing.
The students participated in the project through the International Business Environment course, taught by Assistant Professor of Management Arkadiusz Mironko.
IU East students participated with nearly 1,000 students from about 100 universities in nearly 40 countries, Mironko said. He added teams worked virtually in groups of five to six people on real company projects.
Prior to participating in the X-Culture Academy, students were required to pass a readiness test. The students were then grouped with a global virtual team, presented with a business challenge and they had two months to work together to develop a solution.
“I wanted to add something different to this course,” Mironko said. He joined IU East this fall as a new faculty member in the School of Business and Economics. “It proved to be a great opportunity for the students to be exposed to the international environment, albeit virtually.”
This week on November 28, the nine students participating in X-Culture Academy were presented with certificates for successfully completing the project. The certificates were presented by Mironko and Dean of the School of Business and Economics Bob Mulligan. One of the IU East teams finished in the top 5 percent this semester.
Participation in the X-Culture Academy provides students with an opportunity to learn through experience.
Tyler Campbell, a junior business major, said the diverse teams overcame language barriers, learned about each other’s cultures while providing students with real experiences to enter the workforce. He said the experience has helped him earn a promotion at work, learn how to overcome complications with working with team members in different time zones while developing a comprehensive report.
"This experience has also encouraged me to explore the world," Campbell said. "I was able to make friends with people from the Netherlands, Columbia and India, which not every college student gets to say they have that sort of network."
Mulligan said participation in the X-Culture Academy is a unique experience for students.
“This is such an exciting and innovative thing to do in an international business class,” Mulligan said. “It exemplifies the entrepreneurial approach IU East faculty bring to the classroom, and it allows our students to collaborate with international peers in a way that’s comparable to the highest-ranked international M.B.A. programs. It’s a big win for our students and IU East, and our hats off to Dr. Mironko for delivering it.”
Students Learn About Path to Careers During Indiana Kids STEM Workshop
The Indiana University East School of Natural Science and Mathematics (NSM), Purdue Polytechnic Richmond and Belden partnered to provide an Indiana Kids STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Workshop for Hibberd Early College Academy students on November 29.
IU East Assistant Professor of Physics Wes Tobin talks current events in astronomy with students in the Hibberd Early College Academy. Students were participating in an Indiana Kids STEM Workshop presented by IU East, Purdue Polytechnic Richmond and Belden.
Presenters included Neil Sabine, dean of NSM at IU East; Wes Tobin, assistant professor of physics at IU East; NSM students Cassidy Clouse, Umer Khan and Ana Aquino; Mike Swain, director of Purdue Polytechnic Richmond; and Daniel Segura-Leon and Nelson Oliver, both product development engineers at Belden.
There were 75 Hibberd students - in sixth, seventh and eighth grades - who attended the STEM workshop.
Tiauna Washington is the sixth-eighth grades Early College Science and Early College Coordinator. “This is a great opportunity for our students to see the options available in STEM and to learn what they can do in the future,” Washington said.
The IUPUI Office of Community Engagement in collaboration with six Indiana University campuses is providing free mentoring, tutoring, and educational workshops to middle and high school students across the state. The work is supported by a grant from Serve Indiana’s Indiana Kids program. The mission of Serve Indiana is to “advance service and volunteerism by informing, connecting, and promoting opportunities and resources that enrich the lives of Hoosiers."
Tobin said he was happy to talk with the students.
“It was good to show that STEM isn’t just found in a laboratory or a textbook – but that we’re real people, who – just like the students – are curious about how the universe works,” Tobin said. “Curiosity is the primer of science and the engine of achievement, so by stirring their curiosity, we’re helping them to see that they have many life-long opportunities in STEM.”
IU East’s Center for Service-Learning integrated Indiana Kids into its Math Counts! program, a tutoring program that pairs college students one-on-one with younger students to provide math tutoring free of charge. Math Counts! is funded by a Chancellor’s Innovation Grant and by the Stamm-Koechlein Family Foundation, allowing services to expand, develop, and grow. Younger students are matched with a college student who serves as a mentor/tutor.
This free service is available at the IU East campus after school during the school year and all day in the summer, as well as at many partner sites across the IU East service area. One of these sites is Hibberd Early College Academy, where IU East college students have been helping in math classrooms and mentoring on a weekly basis. The mentors work with groups of students in Socratic discussions and with individual students on academics, college, and career goals, as well as positive choices with decisions they face at school, home, or work.
The Indiana Kids program adds significantly to this service by offering free online tutoring. Indiana Kids also provides for workshops for its participants. The center designed and implemented a College and Career Readiness Workshop in June 2017 at the IU East campus, as well as the STEM Workshop at Hibberd Early College Academy, with IU East Natural Science and Mathematics Faculty and Students, Purdue Polytechnic, and Belden Engineers.
Segura Leon and Oliver talked with the students about Belden and its products, but also how to become an engineer and to learn about the different fields the profession offers.
“I definitely think getting students interested in STEM early is important,” Oliver said. “Their curiosity at this point is impressive.”
Segura Leon agreed that getting students who are interested in math and science to think about future careers early, was important.
“Getting that exposure early to different forms of engineering is important so that they can learn what field they want to go into,” Segura Leon said.
IU East students took an active part in the STEM workshop.
Clouse is the IU East student coordinator for Indiana Kids.
“There are already a lot of kids who are interested in STEM programs,” Clouse said. “Having people in those careers here in the classroom is an incredible opportunity for those students that many do not have a chance to have.”
Ann Tobin is the campus/community service-learning liaison for the Center for Service-Learning at IU East.
“On a personal note about the power of this kind of outreach, I know a post doctorate at a major university who decided he wanted to be a chemist the day a chemist visited his third-grade class,” Ann Tobin said. “Most students in general just aren’t exposed to many careers, especially STEM careers, so those people who come to their schools to share their career experiences open their minds to previously unimagined possibilities.”
MRL to Host Wellness Workshops at the Library - Tuesdays at 6:30pm
Morrisson-Reeves Library will be presenting a Natural Wellness Workshop Series featuring essential oils and all natural products. Learn about the naturally good effect these products can have on our health and well-being. The workshops are free and open to the public, led by natural oil enthusiasts, Hannah McMicheal and Heather Ballin.
November 14th- Winter Wellness Workshop | 6:30pm
Learn how to support your immune system during cold and flu season with natural tips and tricks! Free make and take items with 100% pure essential oils. Stop missing work, school, or fun activities - stay healthy this holiday season and kick those germs in the teeth!
December 5th- Christmas Gifts with Essential Oils | 6:30pm
Great gifts for people on your shopping list (or yourself!) using 100% pure essential oils! Sugar scrubs, tree sprays, room sprays, relax rollers, wellness blends- not only do they smell amazing, but they help to support your wellness too. Create a make and take home product - free of charge. (2 free products for you to make and take home with you. Nominal fee for additional make and take products) Bring your friends!
January 16th- Positive and Healthy Workplace Workshop | 6:30pm
Practical and easy steps to cutting back the stress and germs we often face in the workplace. Get tips on how to best use essential oils and other natural items to support the immune system, energy, mood, and overall atmosphere at your job. Great for business owners, managers, leaders, office administrators, but definitely open to everyone.
For more information, call the library at 765-966-8291 or online at MRLinfo.org.
Seton Catholic Presents a Christmas Concert and Art Show
Seton Catholic presents a Christmas concert and art show on Thursday, December 14th in the high school gym, 233 South 5th Street, Richmond.
Art display of grades 7-12 will begin in the atrium at 6:30 p.m. The concert begins at 7:00 p.m. in the gym.
A free will donation will be collected at the door. Funds collected will go towards the purchase of a marimba, bass drum, and a baritone saxophone.
Hot chocolate, water, soda and Christmas cookies will be available for purchase.
Nettle Creek PLayers Announces 2018 Summer Season & Ornament Sale
The Historic Summer Theatre Returns after a Successful Revival Season
Nettle Creek Players, a 501c3 not-for-profit arts organization, will present its 2018 Summer Stock Tent Theatre Season featuring productions of “INTO THE WOODS,” “HOOSIER HARMONY,” “MASTER CAT: THE STORY OF PUSS IN BOOTS,” and the NCP Young Actors Musical Theatre Workshop. Performances will be July 13-August 4, 2018 in the Nettle Creek Players Show Tent on Main Street in downtown Hagerstown, Indiana. Tickets will go on sale on April 1, 2018. More information is available at www.nettlecreekplayers.com or at Facebook/NettleCreekPlayers.
The Players are also offering an opportunity for supporters to donate toward the funding of the summer project by purchasing the new NCP Christmas Angel Ornament. Angel Ornaments adorned with individualized dedications ribbon will be permanently hung on the official NCP Christmas Tree, which will be displayed during the holiday season at the Hagerstown Library and all summer long in the
NCP Show Tent with a special feature at the Christmas in July Alumni Celebration. Ornaments can be dedicated to a friend, relative, fellow NCP alum, or in any way the donor chooses. Additionally, donors will receive a Nettle Creek Players logo ornament for their own tree. Ornaments can be purchased at www.nettlecreekplayers.com, Facebook/NettleCreekPlayers, through email at firstname.lastname@example.org, over the phone at 765-312-2722 or in person at the Hagerstown Library or Everyday is Christmas in downtown Hagerstown.
The 2018 Nettle Creek Players Summer Stock Tent Theatre Season follows the historic organization’s successful 2017 return to downtown Hagerstown after an absence of almost 20 years. The program has been the hallmark of the organization since its founding in 1971. The “Summer Stock Tent Theatre” is one of only three remaining such programs in the country after what was, from the 1920’s through the 1970’s, a vibrant aspect of many smaller communities across the nation with hundreds of summer stock and dozens of tent theatres carrying on the traditions of “stock” theatre and even more historic “show wagons” that brought live entertainment into rural communities with limited access to live theatre and have been a fixture of the cultural life of America since early in the 19th Century. The project begins with recruiting and hiring a seasonal staff of professional and emerging professional actors, designers, directors and technicians to live in Hagerstown for several weeks in the summer while they rehearse and perform for the public a series of three different theatre pieces in repertory in a giant circus tent on Main Street in downtown Hagerstown. The shows include a traditional Broadway musical, a concert-style musical revue and a Family Theatre show for younger audiences. In addition to the plays and musicals, the actors also serve as teachers of a Young Actors Workshop which provides opportunities to area students ages 12-17 to learn acting and performance skills from the visiting artists and to perform in the Family Theatre production alongside their teachers.
Value-Added Agriculture Workshop Announced
US Bank and Purdue Polytechnic Richmond are partnering with The Innovation Center to present a series of workshops on business innovations. The next workshop at the Center, Value-Added Agriculture, will be Tuesday, December 12 from 11:30 - 1 p.m. Advanced registration is $10.00 through www.RichmondInnovates.com. The Center is located at 814 East Main Street, downtown Richmond Indiana.
The Indiana State Department of Agriculture (ISDA), the Purdue Center for Regional Development (PCRD) and the Indiana Economic Development Association (IEDA) will present their Indiana Rural Economic Development Model workshop as the second in the series.
Topics include Local Ag Asset Mapping, Supply Chain Opportunities, and Food Processing Site Location.
‘We often think of Indiana’s agricultural output as commodities that we ship out-of-state for others to add value: we want to think of our ag products as the raw material we can use to attract value-added food processing,’ says Lee Lewellen, CEO of IEDA. “This model reflects a partnership between Indiana’s farmers and our economic developers to bring new economic value and investment to our rural communities.”
The next event in the series is Changing Business Technologies and the Internet of Things with the Dean of Purdue Polytechnic Institute Gary Bertoline.
US Bank and Purdue created the series with The Innovation Center to promote business innovations, community collaborations for business growth as well as education for advanced manufacturing.
The partnership came after a recent tour by Richmond community leaders of Purdue Polytechnic Anderson’s makerspace. “US Bank wants to share the information we heard on the tour with local businesses and manufacturers to promote business growth,” according to Morgan Howard, V.P. and Community Banking Manager. “We want businesses and the community to grow through innovative business opportunities.”
“Purdue is the thought-leader in business growth particularly local manufacturing needs,” said Michael Swain Purdue Polytechnic Purdue Director. “That helps drive the local economy. This partnership series provides an opportunity to learn from state and industry experts to understand changes going on in business and manufacturing.”
Topics addressed in the workshop include:
- Asset Mapping – ISDA and PCRD are working to produce county-level maps that will show relative ag production for specific products, such as cattle, ducks, chickens, turkeys, sweet corn, soybeans, mint, watermelons, tomatoes, and many, many others. These maps will be produced twice a year with current data from ISDA and IDEM. This will enable counties and regions to identify opportunities to attract processing operations that leverage ag assets. Different from the ag census data from the federal government, the data in these maps will be current within a six month time period.
- Supply Chain Opportunities – PCRD has been working to identify industry clusters related to agriculture in many Indiana regions, and target opportunities within the corresponding supply chains. PCRD has been helping to identify ‘leakages’ in the ag supply chains: products and processes that are purchased outside of Indiana that could be relocated to the state.
- Policy and Land Use – Indiana Farm Bureau, Indiana Corn Marketing Council, and the Indiana Soybean Alliance have been working to develop resources such as model ag policies for counties, land use recommendations, and timelines for counties that are pursuing ag strategies and how they can phase-in polices for optimal adoption.
- Food Processing Sites – Food processing sites may differ from traditional industrial sites in critical ways such as water quantity and quality, waste water processing capacity, infrastructure type and capacity, etc. OCRA developed standards for certified sites a couple of years ago and is working to provide direction about how rural communities can keep the door open for food processing by making their sites suitable for a wide range of uses, including food processing.
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Singles Interaction Newsletter for December 2017
If you are 21 years of age or older, single, divorced, widow, or widower, Single Interaction, Inc. invites you to join them on Friday Nights. Come and meet other single people in the Richmond area. Come, socialize, dance, and have a good time. $6.00 donation at the door. For more information, call 765.993.5023.
Wayne County Joins Reid Health Medicare Advantage Plan Network
Wayne County residents with Medicare can now consider the Reid Health Alliance Medicare Advantage plan during open enrollment this Fall.
“At Reid Health, part of our ‘right beside you’ promise means choosing a Medicare Advantage partner carefully and with our patients top of mind,” said Craig Kinyon, president/CEO of Reid Health. “Partnering with Midwest-based Health Alliance helps us meet that promise,” he said when the plan was announced last year.
“We know our patients will receive high-quality coverage and excellent customer service.”
Most people with Medicare living in Wayne, Fayette, Randolph, Henry, Franklin and Union counties in Indiana and Preble and Darke counties in Ohio have until December 7 to choose their 2018 Medicare Advantage coverage.
“We are proud to offer Medicare Advantage in this region to give seniors an alternative,” said James C. Leonard, M.D., president and CEO of Health Alliance and Carle health system. “Health Alliance partners with providers like Reid Health who are equally committed to quality of care and understand collaboration among providers, patients and the health plan can achieve the best health outcomes for each member. “Together, we will bring a new level of excellence in coverage, care coordination and collaboration for Medicare beneficiaries in the region.”
Medicare Advantage plans, also called Part C plans, take the place of Original Medicare. They combine Part A (hospital), Part B (doctor’s office) and Part D (prescription) into one easy package.
Reid Health Alliance Medicare Advantage plans also feature additional services:
Ivy Tech Community College to offer Express Enrollment registration events in Richmond
Ivy Tech Community College will be offering several Express Enrollment events throughout the month of December at their Richmond Campus location. Express Enrollment offers prospective students a “one-stop” experience in the enrollment process and does not require an appointment.
Express Enrollment Center
Johnson Hall Room 1202
2357 Chester Boulevard
Richmond, IN 47374
December 4, 11, and 18 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
December 7 and 9 from 9:00 a.m. to 3 p.m.
During the events, students will work alongside staff who will assist them with the enrollment process including: applying for admission, new student orientation, learning about ACCUPLACER, financial aid opportunities, scheduling to meet with an academic advisor, and registering for classes. If possible, prospective students should bring a copy of scores from a SAT, PSAT, ACT, high school transcript (if graduated within the last four years) or prior college credit, which could be substituted for certain portions or all of the Accuplacer assessment.
Registration for the spring semester is currently open and classes begin January 16.
About Ivy Tech Community College
Ivy Tech Community College is the state's largest public postsecondary institution and the nation's largest singly accredited statewide community college system. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state's engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.
INDOT to Host ADA Advisory Group Meeting on Dec. 6
Meeting seeks public involvement regarding pedestrian accessibility issues
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) will host the next meeting of its Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Community Advisory Working Group (CAWG) from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. (EST) on Wednesday, December 6, 2017, at INDOT's Traffic Management Center (8620 East 21st Street, Indianapolis, IN). The meeting is being held pursuant to Indiana’s Open Door Law and the public is welcome and encouraged to attend.
INDOT ADA Advisory Group Meeting
December 6, 2017 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
INDOT Traffic Management Center (State Police Post 52)
8620 East 21st Street
Indianapolis, IN 46219
The advisory group and the public have the opportunity to provide information and recommendations regarding INDOT’s ADA Transition Plan and means to improve accessibility to all INDOT programs and facilities. This includes efforts to increase the public involvement of persons with disabilities in transportation planning.
INDOT’s ADA Transition Plan examines current facilities and services for barriers to access for persons with disabilities. INDOT uses this plan to quantify and prioritize changes that will bring its programs and practices into compliance with Title II of the ADA, Section 504 of the Vocational Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and all related statutes, regulations and directives. The document is available for review in Microsoft Word and PDF format on INDOT’s website under "Accessibility & Non-Discrimination" at http://www.in.gov/indot/3583.htm.
With advance notice, special accommodations will be made for individuals needing auxiliary aids or services of interpreters, signers, readers, or large print. Anyone with such needs should contact Rickie Clark with INDOT's Office of Public Involvement at 317-232-6601 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Puerto Rico outreach proves life-changing for Reid Health doctor
‘The most uplifting thing was the spirit of the people’ – Sara Diaz Valentin, M.D.
When they flow, the tears are a mixture of both joy and sadness for Sara Diaz Valentin, M.D.
The deep sadness is from the harsh reality of massive devastation brought to her native island of Puerto Rico by Hurricane Maria – devastation she saw firsthand recently during an extremely personal medical mission.
The sometimes overwhelming joy results from the outpouring of help from her physician peers, her employer, coworkers and many others since she collected 19 suitcases and boxes of medicines and supplies, and personally delivered them. She spent what was to be her vacation traveling the island handing out the medicine and supplies, evaluating patients, and dodging hurricane damage and flooded roads.
Dr. Diaz examines a little boy during her recent outreach in Puerto Rico.
The experience changed her. “Changed, big time. It makes you appreciate what you have more. It makes you appreciate more the health care we have. And it makes you want to do more,” she said. She shared photos of destroyed homes, flooded and washed out highways. She shared photos of herself and others providing medicine and performing health checks on residents. She was on the island for a hectic week and already plans to return as soon as she is able.
“I actually felt guilty leaving. I felt like I had to stay longer and do more. I beat myself up for certain things I didn’t bring with me,” she said, referencing the roller coaster of emotions the visit brought. She had to leave – but she didn’t stop. Her efforts and connections made with peers across the United States led to the formation of a new, non-profit organization – another development that brings joy in the sadness. “It’s been very inspiring to see that I’m certainly not the only one. There are multiple people feeling the deep drive to do something,” she said.
At times Dr. Diaz and others went door to door to check on residents. This man’s roof was spared because his neighbors used nails and hooks to reinforce it. He was also out of food so they left him all the snacks they were carrying
The organization is called “Puerto Rico Rise Up, Inc.” (http://puertoricoriseup.org/) Its first project is a toy drive called “Caravana Navidar,” (http://www.caravananavidar.com/) which is a play on words similar to “a Christmas-giving Caravan” in English. The initial event is collecting toys for foster homes and orphanages, and also funds for rebuilding or repairing damages to the facilities. The drive collected more than 200 toys in just a few days and jumped to more than a thousand over one weekend as the word spread – prompting a need to secure a warehouse in Puerto Rico, rather than an original plan to ship them to a physician’s home.
The group’s immediate goal is to revive the holiday spirit for foster children affected by the hurricane. Funds raised will be used to retain staff, repair damage to orphanages and collect toys. The organization has established short-term goals for things like the toy drive and water purification but the long-term goal is to help rebuild the extensive damage.
It all began for Dr. Diaz soon after the hurricane, when she was unable to reach family members who live on the island. She immediately started planning to go there for a week she had already scheduled for a regular vacation.
She gathered funds and supplies, many of them donated by Reid Health or purchased with funds collected by physician peers across the nation. She eventually learned her mother was safe and also had a brief conversation with her sister – only to learn she had lost most of the contents of her home.
Dr. Diaz, with the help of another physician friend, flew to the island with 19 bags of supplies. Her first stop was her sister’s home, where she was able to determine next steps and work with others to start getting the supplies to the communities that needed them.
Dr Diaz and others display the banner sent from Reid Health
She also carried a banner signed with well-wishes from Reid Health that was originally expected to be hung in a medical facility. Instead, it was given to a community center where volunteers worked and who were really touched by the fact that people in far-away Indiana would care. They were amazed and thankful “for the fact that people at a hospital in Indiana -- they don’t even know where Indiana is -- were thinking about them. It was very touching.”
As a specialist in urology, Dr. Diaz was somewhat out of her comfort zone in the type of medicine she was able to offer. Many times it was as much about the emotional/psychological support for people feeling desperate and abandoned, she said.
By the time she arrived, her sister’s home was mostly cleaned up. “At least she had water, which is more important than electricity. We had electricity every other day for a few hours.”
She checked in with the Medical College of Puerto Rico on Monday and then connected with a physician with whom she graduated medical school. They trekked to a rural town in the southern part of the island the first day. Each day during the week they would make a difficult drive to other areas they could reach, getting trapped by water over roads at least once following a storm that re-flooded their route.
She saw numerous people who had run out of medicines. One was a diabetic who’d been without medicine for at least two days. They took antibiotics to a clinic in one community that had been completely out for days. “A local doctor who had organized a centralized clinic had zero antibiotics, so we were able to give him the ones from Reid. I gave him sutures. I gave at least half of what I had there. No one had reached there with any supplies.”
At times she and others with her went door-to-door checking on residents. She described it as “nursing home type care – checking on ulcers, giving them recommendations, topical medications and antibiotics.”
Besides the vast medical needs, she saw devastation everywhere. “You can just lose everything in a heartbeat,” she said. “But I think the most uplifting thing was the spirit of the people. The people are helping each other. It was really touching. It gets back to what medicine is all about, helping other people. It was very spiritual … the closest to a spiritual experience that I’ve had in medicine.”
IU East School of Nursing and Health Sciences Introduces New Faculty
Indiana University East is pleased to welcome new faculty members to the School of Nursing and Health Sciences.
Macy Bennett, lecturer in nursing, received her Master of Science in Nursing Education from Ball State University and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Wright State University.
Previously, she was an RN case manager for Reid Health. She has also worked with Conifer Health Solutions as a RN case manager and Good Samaritan North Surgery Center as a charge nurse.
Bennett is a member of Golden Key International Honour Society.
Robin Brunk, lecturer in nursing, received her Master of Science in Nursing and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from IU East.
Previously, she was a visiting lecturer at IU East. She has also been an adjunct lecturer in nursing for the Richmond campus.
Brunk is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International, the honor society of nursing, and the Project Management Institute.
Julie Horn, lecturer in nursing, received her Master of Science in Nursing and her Bachelor of Nursing from IU East.
Previously, Horn was an adjunct lecturer at IU East. She has also worked for Centerville-Abington Community Schools as the corporation nurse, Richmond Community Schools as the school nurse and for Covenant Hospice as a case manager.
Horn is a member of the National League for Nursing, the Indiana Association of School Nurses, Indiana Immunization Coalition, Board of Directors of the Circle-U Food Pantry, and the United Way Health Vision Council.
Carolyn Judd, visiting lecturer in nursing, received her Master of Science in Nursing and Bachelor of Science in Nursing from IU East.
Previously, Judd was an adjunct instructor at IU East. She has also served as the school health coordinator for the Fayette County School Corporation and worked at Fayette County Health Department as a public health nurse supervisor and Family Health Services as the child health clinic coordinator.
Judd is a member of the Wellness Committee for the Fayette school system, the National Association of School Nurses, the Indiana Association of School Nurses, Indiana Immunization Coalition, and the Whitewater Career Center Health Careers Advisory Council.