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By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, September 27, 2016 - 03:36 pm: Edit Post

Electrify Your Strings Comes to Richmond!
Supplied Poster: Electrify Your Strings
The Richmond High School Orchestra is hosting Sarah Charness and Electrify Your Strings in November.

The experience includes two full days of workshops and rehearsals for the orchestra, preparing for a high-energy, high-octane final concert on the evening of the second day.

The concert will take place on Saturday, November 19th at 7:00 p.m. There is no admission fee, but donations for the RHS Orchestra will be gratefully accepted. There will also be a silent auction for an electric violin.

For more information, contact Lauren Gruber.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, September 26, 2016 - 06:58 pm: Edit Post

Wayne County Foundation Awards $22,129 in Fall Grant Cycle
The Wayne County Foundation has awarded $22,129 to fourteen local organizations in support of capacity-building projects.

“The Foundation has made some significant changes to its grantmaking function this year,” said Steve Borchers, the organization’s execuive director. “We are holding the money we would have used for a regular Fall Cycle, to apply in a more strategic way. With the specifics of what that might be still under consideration by the Foundation’s board, we applied unexpended funds from the Spring Cycle and created a special opportunity to support projects that will help local not-for-profit organizations operate more effectively.”

Applications could only relate to capacity-building needs or initiatives. Requests were limited to awards of $3,000.

This is the complete list of recipients approved by the Board of Directors of the Wayne County Foundation during the September, 2016 meeting:

Community grantmaking funds are made possible by income from unrestricted funds.

“Given the range of projects and creativity associated with this cycle, we have every reason to believe that our funding will have a much greater impact than the dollar amount might otherwise imply,” said Borchers. “These awards will help make good organizations even better.”

The next opportunity for support from the Foundation will be in the form of the Challenge Match Initiative. Unlike the Foundation’s competitive cycles, Challenge Match awards are made to participating organizations in response to the dollars they raise in the community during a designated period of time. The organizations selected to participate in the upcoming Challenge Match Initiative will be announced on October 20. The match period this year will be November 7 through November 14.

Please visit the Foundation’s Web site ( or contact Lisa Bates at 962-1638 for additional information.

The Wayne County Foundation exists to foster and encourage private philanthropic giving, to enhance the spirit of community, and to improve the quality of life in Wayne County, Indiana, now and for future generations.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, September 26, 2016 - 04:44 pm: Edit Post

Resources Offered for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

Are you a grandparent raising your grandchildren? You are not alone! After dropping your grandchildren off at school on October 3rd, join Area 9 In-Home & Community Services Agency at 8:30am at the Phyllis Howard Center, 302 Harrison Street in Liberty, Indiana. A light breakfast will be provided.

Find out about resources and networking opportunities with others experiencing similar situations with the responsibility of raising grandchildren.

If you have questions, contact Area 9’s Caregiver Program staff at 966-1795 or toll-free at 1-800-458-9345.

Area 9 In-Home & Community Services Agency is a service of Indiana University East.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, September 08, 2016 - 03:56 pm: Edit Post

September Free Laundry Days
Flyer: Free Laundry Days
The Wayne Township Trustee and Open Arms' Laundry Project provides relief for struggling families in the community by providing free laundry day. A day when participants can wash their laundry for free.

Load count by Household:
1-2 people = 3 regular loads
3-4 people = 5 regular loads
>5 people = 5 regular and 1 large

Last loads go in at 1pm for day events and 8pm for evening events. Social security card and proff of address required for all in household.

For more information, call 765.973.9392. Learn more about this service at

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By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, August 29, 2016 - 01:10 pm: Edit Post

IU East presents Daya and SoMo in concert on September 29

The Indiana University East Office of Campus Life and the Student Activity Advisory Team announced the co-headliners for the fall concert during tonight's Unveiling Party hosted by G101.3.

Daya and SoMo will perform in concert Thursday, September 29, at IU East’s Student Events and Activities Center. The doors will open at 7 p.m. with the concert starting at 8 p.m.

Supplied Photo: Daya

Pre-sale tickets cost $25 for the general public. IU East students may purchase one ticket for $20 on campus only. Wolf Card must be presented. If available, the day of the concert tickets will cost $30 for general admission.

Tickets may be purchased online at or on campus at the Office of the Bursar, located in Whitewater Hall room 102. The Bursar’s office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Supplied Photo: SoMo

To purchase a ticket, you must be 18 years old. Minors attending the concert must be accompanied by an adult.

Rebeckah Hester, director of Campus Life, said this year's artists were selected by students.

"We’re very excited that these two great artists will visit campus to be a part of one of the signature events to open the new Student Events and Activities Center this year," Hester said.

Previously, IU East has featured Mike Posner and Neon Trees in concert.

Daya [pronunciation "dey-uh"] is a singer and songwriter from Pittsburgh. She drives pop music down a different path. Perhaps it's a result of her classical piano training, the fact that her multi-ethnicity has been the catalyst for family visits across the globe, or a natural cleverness that's as striking as her dynamic vocal range. "Ever since I was three-years-old, I wanted to play music," she affirms. "It showed me who I am, and I get to tell my story of self-discovery in my songs."

Daya began playing piano at the age of three. She switched from classical to jazz at 11, and later picked up guitar, ukulele, saxophone, and flute. As a teen, she found her voice studying at the Accelerando Music Conservatory. During a visit to the school, platinum songwriter and producer Gino Barletta [JoJo, Miranda Cosgrove, Jessica Mauboy] heard Daya sing and collaborated with her, inviting her to Los Angeles for a writing session in February 2015. Their week together yielded her debut single "Hide Away."

Soon after the song was recorded, Barletta introduced Daya to Steve Zap of Z Entertainment. He immediately fell in love with her fresh, new voice and knew the song would be an undeniable hit. Hits 1 on Sirius XM was the first station to fully embrace "Hide Away" before it began to organically catch fire online, drawing acclaim from YouTuber Tyler Oakley and celebrity gossip blogger Perez Hilton and landing on Spotify's Artists To Watch 2015 Playlist. It set the foundation for her self-titled EP, Daya.

It's hard not to get crazy over Daya and her music. She brings a rich experience that belies her age. One of five sisters, she's traveled from India and Africa to Europe and China, even volunteering to help teenagers in Central America alongside her family. No matter where in the world she is, though, music is always right there with her.

SoMo – aka Joseph Somers-Morales – will never forget being on stage as a kid. At six-years-old, he sang at a popular club on historic 6th Street in Austin, Texas. "I was way too young to be in a bar," he laughs.

SoMo grew up in Denison, Texas. In 2009, music called to him when his mother got him a piano for Christmas. He taught himself how to play by ear and recorded a cover of Chris Brown's "Crawl," which soon went viral on YouTube. Prior to the release of Drake's "Take Care" in 2011, he recorded a medley of the entire album and dropped it on the album's release day. That medley would go on to garner over 4 million views, and it started to solidify the SoMo phenomenon.

Throughout 2012, the singer and songwriter worked on his first original music. His efforts in the studio yielded the independent debut mixtape, My Life. A powerful, palpable, and passionate collection, it merged R&B spirit with pop soul, showcasing his dynamic voice and songwriting prowess. My Life was released for free on his birthday on September 11. My Life spawned his first hit "Ride."

Simultaneously, SoMo released a cover every single Sunday as part of his "SoMo Sunday" campaign. Speaking directly to his fans, he offered up new music each week, and the series has accrued 50 million-plus views on YouTube.

Republic Records offered him a deal in October 2013. In 2014, he released a self-titled album with the label. He now has a third album out, My Life II.

For more information, call the Office of Campus Life at (765) 973-8240 or visit

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, September 21, 2016 - 12:26 pm: Edit Post

Earlhamites win $1M Hult Prize to meet Clinton's Urban Spaces Challenge

A team of Earlham College students was awarded $1 million in start-up capital on Tuesday, Sept. 20, after winning the Hult Prize, the worlds largest student competition for social good. The Earlham project is designed to positively affect 11 countries and millions of people.

Team Magic Bus Iman Cooper 15, Sonia Kabra 16, Leslie Ossete 16, and Wyclife Omondi 17 was one of five finalists left standing in a field of 25,000 applicants comprised of students from more than 150 countries. The Hult Prize, which is sponsored by the Hult International Business School and the Clinton Global Initiative, aims to create and launch the most compelling social business ideas.

Magic Bus aims to optimize public transportation in developing countries and meet former President Bill Clintons Crowded Urban Spaces challenge of doubling the income of 10 million people by 2022. Magic Bus is a text-based ticketing service accessible from inexpensive mobile phones to standardize bus fares and reduce wait times for city buses.

The business has already been beta tested in Kenya last summer and was awarded $10,000 after being selected as one of the best three transportation start-ups at the Transdev Transport Challenge.

Magic Bus journey started with an on-campus competition and accelerated this spring after being accepted to compete in a regional competition in Boston that they later won (a second team from Earlham also competed in the San Francisco regional). Magic Bus advanced past teams of students representing some the nations most prestigious business schools, including Harvard and Georgetown.

The final round of competition took place in New York City during the Clinton Global Initiatives annual meeting. Clinton personally awarded Earlhams team with the $1 million prize.

This is a really clever idea, Clinton said before announcing the winner. Some wag will call it Uber for buses.

Social entrepreneurship is thriving at Earlham and further advances are anticipated with this falls debut of the Earlham Program for Integrative Collaboration (EPIC) and five Centers of Excellence that foster student projects like those of the Magic Bus team. EPIC is the flagship expression of the Colleges commitment to teach students the kind of professional skills most valued in the 21st Century, according to a survey of CEOs conducted by IBM.

To learn more about Magic Bus and the Hult Prize, visit

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, September 19, 2016 - 08:37 pm: Edit Post

Special Event Sept. 28 to Demonstrate Benefits of Boxing Class for People With Parkinson's

As far as Dr. Jordan Raynor is concerned, a boxing workout specifically designed for people with Parkinson’s is one of the best treatments available.
Supplied Photo: Dr. Jordan Raynor
Dr. Jordan Raynor
“I’ve not yet met a patient that didn’t get some sort of benefit out of it,” said Dr. Raynor, neurologist with Reid Neurology Associates. He was speaking about the Reid Rock Steady Boxing program, which will be featured in a public demonstration at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28, in the Reid Rehab Gym, 2021 Chester Boulevard in Richmond.

“It’s a wonderful program,” he said. He and his partners – Dr. James Burkhart, Dr. Lawrence McMillion and Dr. Brian Goggins -- will all be on hand for the demonstration. As neurologists, Dr. Raynor said much of what they treat are degenerative conditions like Parkinson’s. “Unfortunately, we don’t’ have a lot of great medications to treat these conditions. A lot of our focus tends to be on helping the patient minimize their symptoms and maintain as much independence and mobility as they can.”

Reid Rock Steady Boxing was launched in 2013, and has gone over exceptionally well with the almost 100 patients who have participated, said Brian Steele, Sports Health Manager for Reid Health. The demonstration is open to anyone who has or knows someone with Parkinson’s and caregivers who might be interested in joining the 53 current participants.

“This program has afforded our boxers life-changing improvements,” Steele said. “Many of our boxers have turned back the clock on the disease several years, and are back to doing things that they had given up being able to do.”

Dr. Raynor believes the regimen works so well because the basics of boxing focus on areas that of the body that Parkinson’s challenges. “It really focuses on movements that are just core to mobility,” he said, noting that exercises in boxing “focus on feet placement, when they take a step, how far they are going to step, and how to brace yourself so you don’t tip over.”

Strengthening and exercising in these areas have proven to be greatly beneficial to a patient coping with Parkinson’s, which challenges movement and stability. “Patients will go for just one session and see a huge benefit,” he said. “It can work better than any pill we can prescribe.”

The program involves the caregivers and family members, which is another factor in its success, Dr. Raynor said. “This therapy allows for support people to get involved as well.” He refers anyone he sees with the disease to the class if they are able to go. “Rock Steady is a standard line of treatment.”

To attend:
Anyone interested in learning more can attend the demonstration by calling Brian at (765) 983-3092 to RSVP by Sept. 20. Light refreshments will be served. Current boxers can register to win a free month of boxing, and new boxers can register to win a free assessment and free first month of classes.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, September 19, 2016 - 08:27 pm: Edit Post

Camp Clements Car Show on October 1
Flyer: Camp Clements Car Show
Enjoy food, music, wagon rides, corn hole tournament, door prizes and more at the Camp Clements Car Show on Saturday, October 1, 2016 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Car entry fee is $10, spectators are free. Follow them on Facebook at

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, September 14, 2016 - 01:51 pm: Edit Post

Study Reveals 36% of Hoosier Households Continue to Struggle to Afford the Basics
There are nearly 908,000 Hoosier households unable to afford the basics of housing, food, health care, child care and transportation despite working hard ccording to the United Way ALICE ® Report Update released today by Indiana Association of United Ways. In Wayne County, 24% of households live above poverty but below the ALICE threshold or the basic cost of living. In Union County, 26% of households live above poverty but below the ALICE threshold or the basic cost of living. Combined, ALICE and poverty households, account for 42% percent of households in Wayne County and 36% in Union County.

The ALICE – Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed; Report, which was sponsored by OneMain Financial, places a spotlight on hardworking, and yet struggling, residents who have little or no savings, and are one emergency from falling into poverty. ALICE was originally introduced in 2014 and the Update provides a deeper look at how households have struggled over time since before the recession in 2007 through 2014. Using data from a variety of sources, including the U.S. Census, Internal Revenue Service and Indiana Department of Workforce Development, the report tells us more about the number of working individuals and families struggling financially in Indiana, and why.

“ALICE individuals and families are working jobs that are vital to the success of our communities and yet they continue to struggle with the basics. As a United Way network we will continue to work to find solutions that will help our hard working friends and neighbors.” says Amber Willeford, President of United Way of Whitewater Valley.

The ALICE Report Update provides county-by- county, city-level or township-level data and analysis of how many households are struggling, including the obstacles ALICE households face on the road to financial independence. It also informs us of how economic conditions have changed for ALICE families over time, including the job market and the impact of the recession.

The ALICE Report Update reveals:

ALICE often is forced to make choices that compromise health and safety in order to make ends meet, putting both ALICE and the wider community at risk of long-term societal and economic repercussions. Tough choices for ALICE families may be deciding between putting dinner on the table or addressing a much needed car repair.

Indiana’s United Ways and Funds have been using the ALICE Report to shape programs and policies in local communities. By bringing together business, government, nonprofit and faith-based leaders, including volunteers, many communities have found creative solutions to better support the needs of these hard working families.

United Way is focused on providing the basic foundation in the areas of education, financial stability and health to help improve the lives of ALICE and those in poverty, for the long-term benefit of the wider community.

For more information or to find data about ALICE in local communities, visit

About United Way of Whitewater Valley
United Way of Whitewater Valley is committed to strengthening partnerships that create lasting change in the lives of Wayne and Union county residents. United Way of Whitewater Valley focuses its efforts in the areas of Education, Health, Community Vitality, and Youth & Families.

About Indiana Association of United Ways
The Indiana Association of United Ways represents 60 United Ways throughout Indiana. Together, Indiana’s United Ways raise and invest approximately $100 million each year in local communities. To learn more about Indiana Association of United Ways, visit United Way executives around the state are available for interviews. To look up
a local United Way or United Fund, click on the locator at the right.

For more information about the report, contact Maggie Snyder,, 317-443-4605 cell or Maureen Noe,

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, September 12, 2016 - 07:52 pm: Edit Post

Reid Health Community Benefit awards more than $208,000 in grants to fight substance abuse in the region

The Reid Health Community Benefit program recently awarded a record total of $208,100 in grants to programs aimed at improving mental health and attacking substance abuse in the region served by the health system as part of the second grant cycle for 2016.

Grants, along with other specific outreach and requirements to meet the system’s not-for-profit status, have put more than $130 million back into the community in the last five years. A committee of Reid Health’s governing board reviews grant requests, which are awarded as part of the health system’s efforts as a mission-driven, not-for-profit organization.

“We are all concerned about the critical challenges and needs in our community centered around mental health and substance abuse,” said Craig Kinyon, Reid Health President/CEO. “The grants to these groups and agencies are a significant investment in wide-ranging efforts that are having a great impact on what is a serious problem in our region. The awards were given to 16 area agencies, and will support a wide variety of programs, which represent an extension of our mission to our patients and community.”

To read details on each grant, \CLICK HERE.

Community benefit is the basis of the tax-exempt status of not-for-profit hospitals. Community benefit is defined as programs or activities that improve access to health services, enhance public health, advance increased general knowledge, and/or relieve the burden of government to improve health. In 2010, the Affordable Care Act added new requirements for tax-exempt hospitals in the areas of community health needs assessment (CHNA), implementation strategy, billing and collections and reporting. In 2014 the IRS issued final rules implementing these requirements. The goals of these provisions are to ensure that tax-exempt hospitals are meeting the health needs of their communities and to ensure greater transparency and accountability. Over the last 5 years, Reid, as a not-for-profit hospital, has provided over $130 million ($130,326,844) in community benefit to support individuals and programs within the service area.

In addition to grants, the Reid Health Community Benefit sponsors various programs focused on community health. In the area of access to care, Reid Health Community Benefit initiated a dental clinic focused on serving those with little or no dental coverage. Community benefit funds support Claim Aid to assist individuals in applying for health insurance plans or Reid’s financial assistance when necessary. Access to care also includes the shortfall of the cost of care rendered to those who have Medicaid coverage. Reid has continued to support community health clinics, such as Siloam Clinic and Hope Center with processing of lab services and providing supplies necessary for operations.

To address substance abuse and mental health needs, Reid has provided Narcan kits and training to first responders to prevent death from opioid overdose, containers to dispose of needles for police departments, and participated in efforts to reduce the incidence of babies being born addicted to drugs. Along with many other community agencies’ support, Reid has been involved in the efforts of the community group focused on the “Heroin is Here” initiative designed to increase awareness of drug abuse and its devastating effects.

Other than funds awarded in this grant cycle, Reid has supported programs addressing physical activity, nutrition and weight such as athletic training services to community schools, community screenings, cooking classes, health fairs, support groups, and provided support for many health education events.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, August 17, 2016 - 05:39 pm: Edit Post

Digital Fix Workshops Offered in Richmond
Supplied Flyer: Free Digital Fix Workshops
From basic functions to troubleshooting and connectivity, these free sessions are designed for all ages. Participants are encouraged to bring their devices and enjoy some hands-on learning.

Registration required. Call 765.962.8151 or email

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, September 12, 2016 - 01:56 pm: Edit Post

IUPD-East Cadets Complete Academy Training to Become Officers, Department Receives Bicycles

Whether they are riding their bikes or walking around campus, running to classes or running for the Indiana University East track team, Clint Swanson and Brandon Lingenfelter have gained valuable legs up on their careers while serving as cadets on the university police force.
Supplied Photo: 	Brandon Lingenfelter
Brandon Lingenfelter
They are following their dreams in the classroom, in law enforcement and in helping other people. They are thinking big about their futures.

“I aspire to be a police chief,” Lingenfelter said. “I’ve dreamed of being a police officer for my whole life.”

One of the reasons he wants to go into law enforcement is because he is following in the footsteps of a beloved grandfather, he said.

"It’s knowing every day that I have the chance to impact lives in positive ways, that I can inspire people to do the right things," Lingenfelter said.

Swanson said he too was inspired by the law-enforcement example of a family relative and also agrees on the altruistic aspects of law enforcement.

“It gives me a chance to interact (with students and faculty) every day,” Swanson said. “I really like that.” Swanson, of Vevay, Ind., said the atmosphere and instructors at IU East are inspiring.

“I love being at IU East,” Swanson said. “It’s a lot more personal here. The teachers care. They want you to succeed.”
Supplied Photo: Clint Swanson
Clint Swanson
The elite cadet program requires a lengthy application process of interviews, background checks and fitness assessments. Only two are selected each year. They serve as cadets for their junior year.

“It felt great to get in the program,” Lingenfelter said, who came to IU East exclusively in an effort to get in the cadet program. “The hard work and preparation really paid off.”

The program offers special opportunities to succeed. “It is the only program that is done in any college that allows you to spend a whole year being a cadet in training,” Lingenfelter said, who is from Brookville, Ohio. “It’s a very unique and high standard program, very well respected.”

Swanson added, “It’s been one of the best decisions of my life to come here. I have so many career options. That’s what’s so good about this program.”

He is pondering going to graduate school or taking a job with a police department after graduating next spring with a degree in law enforcement.

The Indiana University Police Department-East (IUPD-East) cadets have no problems landing jobs. In fact, Lingenfelter and Swanson already are highly sought because they completed the law enforcement academy this summer at IU’s main campus at Bloomington.

They also qualified to take the bike course. All together, they spent about 600 hours there. They had to find their own housing, but earned IU East credit and also were paid as cadets.

“They both did very well in the academy,” said IUPD-East Interim Police Chief Scott Dunning.
Supplied Photo: Left to Right: Kory George, John Dils, Officer Brad Smoker, Officer Tim Swift, Dean Ross Alexander, Interim Chief Scott Dunning, Officer Aaron Roberts, and criminal justice faculty members Stephanie Whitehead, Shay Clamme and Mengie Parker
Left to Right: Kory George, John Dils, Officer Brad Smoker, Officer Tim Swift, Dean Ross Alexander, Interim Chief Scott Dunning, Officer Aaron Roberts, and criminal justice faculty members Stephanie Whitehead, Shay Clamme and Mengie Parker.
"Having a college degree and certification is 'like a golden ticket,'" Dunning said. “You can immediately work at any police department in Indiana. They don’t have to send you to the academy (which all officers must do within six months). It’s priceless.”

Ross Alexander, dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences said the cadet program is a beneficial experience for students pursuing a career in law enforcement.

“We are very proud of both Brandon and Clint for graduating from the IU Police Academy, completing the bicycle certification, and excelling in all aspects of the training, earning high marks in both academics and physical fitness particularly,” Alexander said.

Swanson continued an IU East trend of leading the fitness category of the academy. He received a perfect score of 500.

Swanson was the most valuable performer for the KIAC last spring for his achievements with the IU East men’s track and field team. He has been recognized by the NAIA for maintaining a minimum 3.5 GPA while at IU East.

He said the he keeps up with academics by doing his work quickly after getting assignments. “Do the work and be on time. That takes a lot of stress off. It’s about minimizing," Swanson said.

Lingenfelter says he keeps balance with the help of a flexible schedule.

“They are willing to work with you to make sure you get the work done,” he said. “Grades are very important.”

As certified police officers now, Swanson and Lingenfelter will work with full-time law enforcement staff at IUPD-East for their senior years. “They will be out on patrol on bike and on foot to let the community see them,” Dunning said.

They will be riding two new bikes that were purchased through the Cycling and Fitness Warehouse, Alexander said.

“This is another example of the strong ties among our criminal justice students, the Criminal Justice program, and the IUPD-East," Alexander said.

Alexander thanks Kory George and John Dils of the Cycling and Fitness Warehouse for helping with the fully-outfitted bikes. “Both Kory and John have an important relationship with IU East in a number of capacities,” Alexander said. “They are valued partners.”

Lingenfelter is thankful for the professional opportunities made available through all of the partnerships at IU East. “This program offers a rare opportunity for students. I would definitely recommend it,” he said.

He’s also thankful for the opportunities to make a difference at IU East.

“It’s so special and unique to have people come up and talk to you, shake your hand while you are on patrol. We can make such a positive impact," Lingenfelter said.

This fall semester, IUPD-East welcomed two new cadets to the program. Kristen Miller and Max Meddings are this year's cadets and will attend the IU Police Academy in summer 2017.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, August 31, 2016 - 02:20 pm: Edit Post

Tickets available for "One Book, Many Voices" featured author Steve Pemberton

How does a child who seems to have no future find a way to succeed?

Author Steve Pemberton describes how he did it in A Chance in the World, this year’s selection for Indiana University East’s "One Book, Many Voices" project.

Pemberton will visit IU East on Tuesday, October 25, to discuss his book. The presentation begins at 7 p.m. in Vivian Auditorium, located in Whitewater Hall.

The event is free and open to the public. Free tickets to hear Pemberton are available at

Supplied Photo:  Steve Pemberton
Steve Pemberton

Now in its fifth annual year at IU East, the “One Book, Many Voices” mission is to foster a campus and community discussion about themes and ideas inspired by a common text in an effort to develop camaraderie, inform knowledge, and inspire action towards positive civic engagement and improvement.

Pemberton, now the father of three and chief diversity officer for Walgreens Inc., grew up in an abusive foster home, desperate to escape and to find his real family. His story is one of perseverance, hard work, and – appropriately for the project – the power of books.

“My secret weapon was I loved to read,” Pemberton said in an interview on the Steve Harvey Show available on YouTube. “Reading gave me a vision and expectations that were different from all the labels that were put on me.”

IU East students, faculty and staff each can receive a copy of A Chance in the World. The focus of "One Book, Many Voices" is to foster discussion based on the common text.

“It opens the lines of communication between all the different entities on campus,” said Reading Specialist Lee Ann Adams, who is co-teaching a freshman seminar with Chancellor Kathryn Cruz-Uribe. Adams expects Pemberton’s book to resonate with students.

“He is a person who has been through trials and come out on the other side,” Adams said. “His resolution and determination are inspirational.”

Adjunct Instructor Ted Leahey plans to use the book for an exercise in his speech class. In the exercise, students will select a short passage from the book to present to their classmates aloud.

“I know that after students read it, many of those stories will last throughout their lifetime,” Leahey said.

"One Book, Many Voices" coordinator and Library Director Frances Yates said the goal is to have the book used in as many classes as possible. The themes and content are relevant to multiple courses, such as nursing, social work, psychology, and education, she said.

The high point of the project will be Pemberton’s visit to the IU East campus for a presentation and book signing on Oct. 25.

Also in the Whitewater lobby on Oct. 25, there will be an Empty Bowls lunch to raise awareness of hunger in the community from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Beginning at 5 p.m., there will be a display of student research inspired by A Chance in the World and a community resource fair focused on children. IU East’s Student Government Association (SGA) and other student groups will collect stuffed animals and other items for JACY House, Richmond’s Justice and Advocacy Center for Youth that helps victims of suspected child abuse. See the wish list at

Pemberton will also be available for book signings from 6:15-6:45 p.m. and 8-9 p.m.

The Oct. 25 event, Yates stressed, is open to the public.

Copies of A Chance in the World are available at Morrisson-Reeves Library in Richmond, as well as Centerville-Center Township, Hagerstown and Union County public libraries. Morrisson-Reeves plans a book discussion at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 19.

For more information, go to, (includes links to YouTube interviews with Pemberton), and

To inquire about getting copies of the book for community discussion, contact Frances Yates at

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By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, September 14, 2016 - 01:54 pm: Edit Post

U.S. News' 2017 Rankings Highlights Earlham's Value, Commitment to Teaching

Earlham College once again stands side-by-side with the nation’s top-tier liberal arts colleges in U.S. News and World Report’s 2017 rankings, released today.

U.S. News also once again gives special recognition to Earlham as one “40 Schools at a Great Price,” and as one of the top 20 liberal arts college for its commitment to undergraduate teaching.

“We appreciate U.S. News’ continued recognition of our exceptional faculty and commitment to college access, value and student outcomes,” Earlham President David Dawson says. “We also appreciate the external validation of the strategic investments that have been recently made in further enhancing the student experience and in amplifying the career trajectories of our graduates.”

For the eighth straight year, Earlham is included in U.S. News’ top 25 institutions for having an “unusually strong” commitment to undergraduate teaching. Other leading liberal arts institutions on the list include Carleton, Oberlin, Pomona, Haverford, and Davidson.

Mentored undergraduate research and faculty-led off-campus study continue to be a hallmark of an Earlham education. So is access to a growing number of both domestic and international sponsored internships and social enterprise experiences.

Earlham is also a national model for integrated education in the liberal arts. As part of the new Earlham Plan for Integrative Collaboration (EPIC), the College’s commitment to teach collaboration, communication, creativity and flexibility offers students the kind of professional skills most valued in the 21st century, according to a survey of CEOs conducted by IBM.

Earlham also ranks 17th in U.S. News’ list of the “40 Great Schools at a Great Price,” up from 26th in last year’s guide. Other leading liberal arts colleges on this list include Amherst, Grinnell, Macalester and Swarthmore.

In addition to recognition from U.S. News, Earlham has also been identified as one of the nation’s top values by Money magazine and Forbes. In Money’s list of the “Top Colleges for your Money,” Earlham ranked 1st in Indiana and 28th nationally. Forbes’ list of the top 650 colleges includes Earlham in the top 25 institutions in the Midwest and was the only school in Indiana recognized for return on investment, or “what students are getting out of college.”

Earlham also ranks 6th by U.S. News for the percentage of international students on campus. About 21 percent of Earlham’s student body is international and come from nearly 70 different countries.

“Earlham routinely attracts talented students from all backgrounds,” says Jonathan Stroud, vice president for enrollment and communications. “We are doing more than ever to create financial access for qualified students. We believe it makes Earlham a better and more interesting community.”

Overall, Earlham ranks 68th among the select 232 liberal arts colleges featured by U.S. News.

The rankings are based on several key measures of quality and assessments from peer institutions. Measures include graduation and retention rates (22.5 percent), assessment of excellence (22.5 percent), faculty resources (20 percent) student selectivity (12.5 percent), financial resources (10 percent), graduation rate performance (7.5 percent) and alumni giving (5 percent).

The full rankings are available online at

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, August 29, 2016 - 01:21 pm: Edit Post

Ivy Tech Corporate College Richmond schedules Microsoft, OSHA, Six Sigma Open Enrollment Courses for Fall 2016

Ivy Tech Corporate College Richmond is offering Microsoft and OSHA Open Enrollment Courses for Fall 2016. The Open Enrollment Courses focus on employees, from area businesses and manufacturing facilities, and residents wanting to upgrade their skills.

The Open Enrollment Courses feature Six Sigma Green Belt Training online; a series of popular Microsoft courses - Fundamentals of PowerPoint and Fundamentals of Excel, and Advanced Excel; and, OSHA 10 Hour and 30 Hour General Industry courses.

Six Sigma Green Belt Online will provide participants with an overview of Six Sigma and the DMAIC problem solving methodology. Classes begin September 19 and will run through November 26. ASQ is offering the exam the first two weeks of December.

Fundamentals of Excel, from basic concepts to intermediate and advanced topics will be offered in four sessions, October 3, 5, 10 and 12 , 5:30 p.m.- 8:30 p.m. Fundamentals of PowerPoint, from basic concepts to intermediate and advanced topics, will be offered in three sessions, October 19, 26, and November 2, 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. An Advanced Excel course will be offered November 7, 9, 14 and 16, 5:30 p.m.- 8:30 p.m. All courses will be in McDaniel Hall on the Richmond campus.

The OSHA General Industry Open Enrollment courses are being offered in September, October and December. Two OSHA 10 Hour General Industry courses are being offered. The September course will be September 12 and 13, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (Day 1) and 8:00 a.m. - Noon (Day 2). The second OSHA 10 course will be December 5 and 6, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (Day 1) and 8:00 a.m. - Noon (Day 2). The third OSHA course, OSHA 30 General Industry, will be October 21, 28, and November 4, 11, 8:00am to 4:00pm (All dates are from 8:00am to 4pm). All OSHA courses will be in McDaniel Hall on the Richmond campus.

For additional information or to register for an Open Enrollment Course contact: Ron Puckett, Program Manager, 765-966-2656, ext. 4104, or

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, September 20, 2016 - 06:16 pm: Edit Post

The Geneva L. Allen, Manpower Richmond Memorial Scholarship

Michael J. Allen (Chairman of the Board), Michael D. Allen (President) and Debbie Allen Whirley (Vice President) are excited to announce The Geneva L. Allen, Manpower Richmond Memorial Scholarship in recognition of Manpower Richmond’s 50th Anniversary (1966 – 2016.)

Manpower Richmond will give five $1,000 scholarships to five graduating seniors from Wayne County Schools: Centerville Senior High School, Hagerstown Senior High School, Lincoln High School, Northeastern High School and Richmond High School.

The scholarships will be given in honor of Geneva L. Allen, founder of the local Manpower franchise office. Geneva L. Allen was a Wayne County businesswoman and entrepreneur. Mrs. Allen started the Manpower Richmond franchise in September 1966.

In addition to her many philanthropic efforts, Mrs. Allen maintained a life­long commitment to helping young people become successful and contributing members of the community. Mrs. Allen also supported the growth of local businesses.

The Geneva L. Allen, Manpower Richmond Memorial Scholarship will recognize the scholastic and community­related achievements of five deserving students. The winners will be announced in May 2017.

The scholarship criteria include:

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