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By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, April 06, 2017 - 01:56 pm: Edit Post

Friends of the Library Hold Sale at MRL
Supplied Flyer: MRL April Book Sale
You'll find a wide range of books, as well as puzzles, games, books on tape, CD's and DVD's, records, and magazines at the Friends of the Library's April Book Sale at Morrisson-Reeves Library, 80 North Sixth Street, Richmond April 26 - April 29.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, April 10, 2017 - 07:38 pm: Edit Post

Morrisson-Reeves Library - Closed for Renovations May 1 - 6
Supplied Graphic: MRL Closed for Renovations

Great Things Are Happening At MRL!

The biggest part of our renovation project will happen the week of May 1st! The Movie and Music Department (AV) will be moved to the main level of the library to create a new service point for AV Services and Teens. We're transforming it with a fun new vibe in the design with updated flooring, paint and furnishings. Our staff is gearing up to move all 11,186 Movies, CDs, and Audio Books to the renovated area.

MRL Reopens May 8
Come In and See Our New AV/Teen Service Area in the Upper Level of MRL!

The Book Return Will Be Open for Business
Library materials can be returned in the drive-up book deposit located in the south parking lot.

Extended Due Dates
For your convenience, any items due May 1 through May 6 will have a due date of May 8.

Books and Audiobooks Available During the Closure
During our closure, patrons can access free books and audio books with our online downloadable service. Tens of thousands of items area available at your fingertips. More details online at:

If you have any questions, please contact us at MRL: 765-966-8291 or

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, April 24, 2017 - 07:15 pm: Edit Post

Earlhamites' Senior Project Produces Funding, Vision for First-of-Its-Kind Richmond Playground

A team of Environmental Studies majors at Earlham is bringing their vision to life for a first-of-its-kind playground for Wayne County youth.

“Playground With A Purpose,” a project by seniors Caleb Smith, Peniel Ibe, Truman McGee, Rachel Logan-Wood and George Lowring, will expand the recreational opportunities available to children with special needs.

“We have met with so many people in the community who have told us that there is a clear need for a project of this magnitude,” says Caleb Smith ’17. “This has been the culmination of everything I have learned at Earlham. From making presentations, to utilizing knowledge from my science and economics classes, to bringing people together to accomplish a shared goal, this has been an incredibly rewarding experience.”

In partnership with Richmond’s Department of Parks and Recreation, the students will break ground on the sensory playground on May 5 at Clear Creek Park, the day before the team earns their undergraduate degrees. Fundraising for the $250,000 project will continue into the summer and fall as the playground is built over three phases, culminating with a grand opening ceremony in October.

The playground will feature traditional playground equipment like swings and slides along with movable sensory panels and dome-like structures for children seeking a break from play. The playground will also be fenced to promote children’s safety.

“We have spent a lot of time researching effective designs for sensory playgrounds,” Logan-Wood says. “Inclusivity is very important to us. It’s just not for kids with autism or sensory disabilities; it’s for all children including those with motor disabilities or other physical disabilities.”

The project launched last September after the team considered community-based projects that could fulfill the requirements of the Environmental Studies Capstone project. Richmond Parks Superintendent Denise Retz offered them an attraction option.

“This was important to me as a potential project because we do have this need within our community that we have not met as a parks system,” Retz says. “We have given them a lot of free reign to do what they like in design and fundraising and all aspects of the project. They’re doing a wonderful job.”

The team has already raised nearly $40,000 from community organizations, including a $20,000 matching gift from the Wayne Township Trustee’s Office, and is awaiting the results of a grant-writing campaign to see how much additional fundraising might be necessary.

“We’re constantly making presentations to entrepreneurs and philanthropists to raise awareness about what we’re doing,” McGee says. “A community project isn’t really a community project until everyone in the community is involved.”

This community-based initiative is yet another example of the kinds of projects that are encouraged by a major initiative called EPIC, which enables students to work on real projects with real consequences at a local, regional and global level.

“This is much more than just a playground,” says Jay Roberts, Earlham associate vice president of academic affairs. “These students are developing a powerful set of knowledge, skills and abilities while engaging in cross-disciplinary work in child development, autism, and special education that will help the community with a demonstrated need.”

(Message edited by Admin on April 24, 2017)

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 - 02:07 pm: Edit Post

Gift Honors IU East Business Lecturer, Establishes Scholarship for Entrepreneurship Students

Greg Braxton-Brown, dean of Southeast Indiana Programs and a professor of management, will endow a $25,000 gift to Indiana University East to establish a scholarship in the name of Tim Scales, director of the Center for Entrepreneurship, director for the Center for Economic Education and senior lecturer of business administration for the School of Business and Economics.

The gift will be used to support scholarships for undergraduate and/or graduate students interested in entrepreneurship. Students must also have a minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.

Supplied Photo: Greg Braxton-Brown
Greg Braxton-Brown

Braxton-Brown works out of IU East’s Lawrenceburg location. He first met Scales when he interviewed at IU East in 2002. At the time, Scales was a member of the Board of Advisors, and an adjunct instructor for the School of Business and Economics. Scales, an IU East alumnus, was vice president and director of marketing at First Bank Richmond.

Braxton-Brown said he remembers that during the interview, he saw a need to encourage IU East students to generate employment opportunities.

“The idea of 'go to school and get a job' was not going to work out evenly in an area in transition,” Braxton-Brown said. “IU East students were going to need to create jobs. IU East’s business program had to be infused with entrepreneurial skills helping students become proficient at ideation, economic creation and a very different understanding of work that was dynamic.”

When Braxton-Brown was hired at IU East, he set out to work directly with students, specifically those for whom college success was not apparent. Having previously served as a college president and the head of Minnesota’s Community College System, he said he wanted to work directly with students. He is best known at IU East as the originator of the Lawrenceburg Center, an instructional site co-located with Ivy Tech that has brought bachelor degrees to an underserved area of Indiana. Prior to being assigned full-time to Lawrenceburg, Braxton-Brown was the chair of the Business and Economics Division for four years.

Supplied Photo: Tim Scales
Tim Scales

Scales joined the IU East faculty as an adjunct lecturer in 1998; in 2006 he joined the faculty full-time.

Since then, Scales has found his niche working with students to develop entrepreneurial ideas into real business plans. He has been an advisor for ENACTUS (formerly SIFE), a community of students, academics and business leaders committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to transform lives and shape a better, more sustainable world.

Braxton-Brown said when Scales joined the faculty at IU East, he expressed his passion for community connection to education.

“When I brought SIFE, the forerunner of ENACTUS, to IU East, Tim found his vehicle. Since that time Tim has fundamentally changed the understanding of work in our region,” Braxton-Brown said. “His passion, dedication and skill must be recognized and is the reason I’m making this gift to establish the Tim Scales Scholarship. I’m hoping others will join me in recognizing Tim’s amazing work through scholarship commitment.”

Scales said it is an honor to have a scholarship established in his name as the result of Braxton-Brown’s continued support and recognition of his work.

“The gift of an endowed scholarship is the perfect means of his kindness as it will lead the pathway for sustained student support in entrepreneurship,” Scales said. “Greg offered me the foundation to build and grow the centers and at the same time mentored me through the transition from a successful career in banking to becoming a world recognized leader in entrepreneurial education. Over the past several years, Greg has challenged my progress, recognized my success and continued to keep me humble.”

David Frantz is the former dean of the School of Business and Economics; he worked with both as they began and developed as faculty at IU East.

“Dr. Braxton-Brown has long been committed to supporting high impact practices and experiential learning opportunities for students,” Frantz said. “Through his generosity, students at the IU East School of Business and Economics will have additional opportunities to gain practical skills and knowledge in innovation and entrepreneurship. It is significant that these scholarships are being made in the name of Tim Scales. Tim has been a lifelong Richmond native who has committed himself to the development of meaningful student experiences. His pioneering work with his video series, In Your Business, his tireless work with the SIFE and ENACTUS programs, and his numerous business plan competitions through the BOSS program, have all yielded significant life changing experiences for IU East student experiences.”

Paula Kay King, director of Gift Development at IU East, said the gift is inspiring. King is a 2005 alumna of IU East and recalls the lasting impacts Scales had as a lecturer in her business courses. The classes were hands-on including developing a marketing plan for First Bank Richmond as part of a class project. They also started the Community Benefits Live TV auction held annually on WCTV.

“Tim had a way of taking the classroom to the community, including taking us to tour locally owned businesses to learn about them,” King said. “It is inspiring to see Greg honor Tim for his dedication to teaching, to the students and to IU East.”

Braxton-Brown is dually trained holding doctoral degrees in business administration and adult education. In addition, he holds four master’s degrees including the M.S. in Instructional Systems Technology earned from IU in 2008. He and his wife Ruth Ann live in Florence, Ky. They have five adult children and nine grandchildren.

Scales, of Richmond, Ind., received his associate and bachelor’s in business degrees from IU East. He went on to receive a M.S. in Banking from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and an M.B.A. from Anderson University. He has published a number of articles and books, has led presentations and keynote speeches at national and international academic conferences and he is the advisor for Delta Mu Delta, ENACTUS and the Stock and Investment Group at IU East.

This gift will count toward the $2.5 billion campaign, For All: The Indiana University Bicentennial Campaign. IU East’s campaign goal is $7 million, which will help fund a variety of campus initiatives, student scholarships and strategic projects. Find out more about IU East and ways to assist the campus at

For All: The Indiana University Bicentennial Campaign is taking place on all IU-administered campuses including IU Bloomington, Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis, IU East, IU Kokomo, IU Northwest, IU South Bend, and IU Southeast. The campaign will conclude in December 2019 to coincide with IU’s bicentennial year celebration in 2020. To learn more about the campaign, its impact, and how to participate, please visit

Founded in 1936, the Indiana University Foundation maximizes private support for Indiana University by fostering lifelong relationships with key stakeholders and providing advancement leadership and fundraising services for campuses and units across the university. Today, the IU Foundation oversees one of the largest public university endowments in the country, with a market value in excess of $1.9 billion. In fiscal year 2016, IU received $360.9 million in support from the private sector. IU is consistently ranked among the top four of Big Ten universities in annual voluntary support.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, April 24, 2017 - 06:58 pm: Edit Post

Nettle Creek Players Returns to Hagerstown after 20 Years

Tickets now on Sale for Revival Season of the Historic Summer Theatre

Nettle Creek Players, a 501c3 not-for-profit arts organization, will present its Summer Stock Tent Theatre Season featuring productions of “THE FANTASTICKS,” “THUMBELINA,” “BROADWAY ON MAIN STREET,” and the NCP Young Actors Musical Theatre Workshop. Performances of THE FANTASTICKS will be at 7:30pm on July 7, 8, 9, 13, 14, 15, 20, 21 & 22 with BROADWAY ON MAIN STREET at 2:00pm on July 9, 16 & 23 and THUMBELINA at 11:00am and 1:00pm on July 15 & 22, 2017. The Workshop will be offered from July 11-23, 10:00am-3:00pm. All performances and workshops will take place in the Nettle Creek Players Show Tent on Main Street in downtown Hagerstown, Indiana with the rain location of the Opera House stage in the Historic Hagerstown Museum at 96 ½ E. Main St. in downtown Hagerstown on Indiana State Highways 1 & 38.

Tickets for THE FANTASTICKS and BROADWAY ON MAIN STREET are $15 per person. Tickets for THUMBELINA are $5 per person. Season tickets for all three shows are $35 and includes unlimited tickets to see THE FANTASTICKS as well as a special “Subscribers Gift.” Tuition for the Workshop is $100 per student and scholarships are available. Tickets and workshop registration can be purchased at or at Facebook/NettleCreekPlayers. Single Tickets will be available in person at the Hagerstown Museum, Hagerstown Library and Everyday is Christmas & Sidewalk Café in downtown Hagerstown and by phone at 765-212-8127 beginning June 12.

“THE FANTASTICKS” by Tom Jones & Harvey Schmidt is the world's longest running musical - running for over 50 years in Manhattan and entrancing generations of audiences the world over. In this funny and romantic musical about a boy, a girl, two fathers and a wall, the narrator, El Gallo, asks the audience to use their imagination and follow him into a world of moonlight and magic. The boy and the girl fall in love, grow apart, and finally find their way back to each other after realizing the truth in El Gallo's words that "without a hurt, the heart is hollow". “BROADWAY ON MAIN STREET” is a concert-style music revue featuring some of the greatest songs from the history of Broadway as well as a special look back at the history of Nettle Creek Players with NCP Alumni dropping in as special guests at select performances. “THUMBELINA” is a musical adaptation of the Hans Christian Anderson story of the wish-come-true child, the size of her mother’s thumb, who is stolen away by Mother Toad to become a wife for her croaking son. She escapes and embarks on many adventures aided by friendly fish and birds, impeded by a mayfly and given shelter by a mouse and mole whose ulterior motives, revealed in song, cause her to fly off with her friend, the swallow, to seek a new life among the flower fairies.

The 2017 Nettle Creek Players Summer Stock Tent Theatre Season marks the historic organization’s 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 generally 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. There is also a college-level internship program within the structure of the project which gives college students and emerging professionals the opportunity to have hands-on experience in all aspects of theatre production and performance as they work alongside the visiting professional artists for the entire summer season. The professional artists are recruited at the annual Unified Professional Theatre Auditions ( in Memphis, Tennessee where the Executive Artistic Director joins more than 100 other theatres to screen more than 900 actors, directors, designers and technicians from all over the country who are seeking seasonal and year-round employment. By drawing from this pool of highly trained and pre-screened candidates, Nettle Creek Players can ensure audiences that the artistic nature of the summer productions will be of the highest possible quality and meet the highest of professional standards. Auditions were also held in Indianapolis and in Hagerstown to give regional and local artists an opportunity to compete for positions in the summer company.

The professional actors that will form the 2017 company include the following: Jeremy Littlejohn, former Artistic Director of the Round Barn Theatre at Amish Acres; Matthew C. Scott of Orbisonia Pennsylvania who recently completed a national tour of “Million Dollar Quartet”; Griff Bludworth, a graduate of Xavier University and Cincinnati native; Wendell Hester, a graduate of Valdosta State University and veteran of Peach State Summer Theatre; Ball State University graduating senior Olivia Schaperjohn who has performed at the Clinton Showboat Theatre and Richmond Shakespeare Festival; Ball State graduate and Indianapolis resident Katie Jones who was recently seen at Theatre on the Square; and former Muncie Civic Theatre director, Losantville native, Ball state grad and Chicago actor Marty Grubbs. Music Director and THUMBELINA director will be Dr. Julie Lyn Barber, Assistant Professor of Musical Theatre at Western Kentucky University.

The artistic quality of the project is overseen by Executive Artistic Director Darrin Murrell ( who has worked as a professional actor, director, producer and educator for over 30 years with theatres across the country. He is a member of Actors Equity Association, the professional union for actors. He has developed and managed numerous Young Actors Workshop educational programs in Rome, New York, Chicago, Portland, Oregon and Muncie, Indiana. He is former Executive Director of Muncie Civic Theatre, and has served as President of the Indiana Community Theatre League and Regional Representative to the American Association of Community Theatres. Mr. Murrell will direct both THE FANTASTICKS and BROADWAY ON MAIN STREET.

For tickets and information visit and Facebook/NettleCreekPlayers or call 765-212-8127.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, April 24, 2017 - 06:42 pm: Edit Post

Celebrate with us! Reid ENT, Hearing Center, Allergy Open House May 1

An open house and ribbon cutting is scheduled from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday, May 1, at the new 1434 Chester Boulevard location for Reid ENT, Hearing Center and Reid Allergy.
Supplied Photo: Reid ENT Center
Reid ENT, Hearing, Allergy facilities at 1434 Chester Boulevard.

The public is invited for tours and to take advantage of free screenings and giveaways, including:

Light refreshments will also be served.

The practices include:Supplied Map: Enter / Exit Parking Lot at Reid EMT
Map showing how visitors to May 1 open house should enter parking lot.

The new location at 1434 Chester Boulevard was the long-time home for Reid Pediatric and Internal Medicine. That building was torn down after the practice moved a short distance away across Chester Boulevard into a newly expanded and remodeled space.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, April 11, 2017 - 07:13 pm: Edit Post

Seton Catholic Craft Bazaar & Vintage Market
Supplied Flyer: Seton Catholic Craft Bazaar & Vintage Market
The third annual Seton Catholic High School Craft Bazaar and Vintage Market will be held on Saturday, May 6, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Chuck Mosey Memorial Gym, 233 South 5th Street, Richmond, Indiana.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Friday, April 21, 2017 - 05:32 pm: Edit Post

Changes to Area 9 In-Home & Community Services Agency Beginning July 1

Area 9 In-Home & Community Services Agency announced today the agency has informed Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA) that it will not seek to renew its designation to provide services in Public Service Area (PSA) nine after the current grant period expires on June 30, 2017.

To help maintain continuity of services, FSSA has negotiated a plan to transition the delivery of services to LifeStream Services, Inc. beginning July 1, 2017. Residents will continue to have the same access to the quality, affordable health care programs and services they have now. To assist in the transition, Area 9 has been part of these conversations.

Tony Foster, executive director of the Area 9 Agency, said “Area 9 has had a supportive partnership with Indiana University East for 42 years, however, the health care landscape has changed dramatically over the past four decades – and so has the IU East campus. These changes have caused us to pause and examine our future and determine what is best for those we serve. LifeStream is highly regarded throughout the state of Indiana and shares our same mission to serve.”

The mission of Area 9 is to assist older persons and disabled individuals of all ages to lead independent, meaningful lives in their own homes and communities for as long as possible.

Foster said Area 9 has provided outstanding service to residents in Fayette, Franklin, Rush, Union and Wayne counties. “The agency, and our staff, has been unwavering in its commitment to serve the region and fulfill our mission. Under the leadership of LifeStream, this commitment will remain unchanged," he said.

LifeStream Services, located in Yorktown, Ind., is a nationally accredited 501(c) 3 non-profit organization with more than 75 staff members who serve a seven-county. LifeStream currently has offices in Delaware, Grant, Henry, Jay, Madison and Randolph Counties and is identifying an office location in Wayne County to be effective July 1, 2017.

Kenneth Adkins, president and CEO of LifeStream Services, said “We are dedicated to helping seniors and those with disabilities remain independent and live at home as long as possible. We have been serving people since 1975 and we look forward to providing the same level of support for the residents of Area 9.”

In 2016, LifeStream served over 13,000 people helping individuals to remain independent and improve their quality of life through programs and services including transportation, in-home care management, home-delivered meals, senior cafes, caregiver support, guardianship, information, referrals and many other services.

Similarly, Area 9 serves about 10,000 residents with the assistance of 40 full-time and part-time staff and volunteers. It is anticipated that many Area 9 employees will transition to LifeStream to help maintain continuity of care for those served by the organization.

“LifeStream remains committed to meeting the needs of our clients and providing high quality care in the counties we currently serve and for those we will be serving in Area 9,” Adkins said.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 03:54 pm: Edit Post

Leadercast to be Held at Ivy Tech Community College
Supplied Flyer: Leadercast 2017
Attend Leadercast to learn how purpose motivates teams to build stronger organizations, and inspires individuals to lead with intention. The event takes place on May 5, 2017 at Ivy Tech Community College, 2357 Chester Blvd., Richmond. Early bird discount, if you register prior to March 31! Register at

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 - 02:40 pm: Edit Post

Business Start Up School Retreat Being Held for Local Entrepreneurs
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Entrepreneurs, freelancers and small business owners will want to attend the Business Startup School retreat, with 2 days focused on creating a business designed to change the world. This retreat is entrepreneur’s opportunity to take a guided tour on creating a business from the ground up. This is no ordinary entrepreneurship workshop, Business Startup School Retreat will walk entrepreneurs through the strategy planning process, talk about why monopolies are good, how to build a fan club of customers that keep coming back and more. This is the first ever 2-day retreat in Richmond with only 30 seats available it’s going to sell out quick.

With a small group, entrepreneurs will receive a lot of hands-on help with the decisions they have to make and creating roadmap to building a company that will change the world.

The best part is entrepreneurs have the time to really dig into planning their business, this is not a fancy conference with speakers that get attendees excited but, leave them hanging hoping they will buy their book. This is not a quick “plan your business in an hour lunch break” but, instead it’s a place to get real. Get real about what they’re building, the value it brings to the customers it will serve and how to make it happen.

The Business Startup School is more, you will leave inspired AND prepared with a roadmap and the tools you need to launch your startup!

When: May 20 & 21, 2017

Where: The Innovation Center, 814 E Main Street, Richmond, IN 47374

How Much? $95.00 with a money back guarantee! There are only 30 seats available.

For more information, visit

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, April 05, 2017 - 03:40 pm: Edit Post

Health Careers Camp Applications Due May 1

Reid Health, IU East, and Ivy Tech Community College are collaborating to offer a health careers camp for high school students in the region. The one-day session offers job shadowing opportunities in both Nursing and Allied Health careers.

This year’s camp is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday, June 21. There is no charge for the camp, but students must agree to stay for the entire program.

Students who apply should have an interest in a health career, be entering their sophomore, junior or senior year in fall 2017 school year or be a 2017 graduating senior and have a GPA of 2.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale. A reference from a high school principal or counselor is required.

Applications are due by May 1. Find the application packet here:

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 - 01:51 pm: Edit Post

Cruz-Uribes Endow $100,000 Scholarship for IU East Students

Indiana University East Chancellor Kathryn Cruz-Uribe and Professor of History Eugene Cruz-Uribe want to honor the support and heritage of their families by establishing an endowed $100,000 scholarship.

The scholarship will be named in honor of their parents, Gloria and Joseph Allwarden and Lillian and Antonio Cruz-Uribe, who firmly believe that higher education is the key to a better life.
Supplied Photo: IU East Chancellor Kathy Cruz-Uribe and Professor of History Eugene Cruz-Uribe
IU East Chancellor Kathy Cruz-Uribe and Professor of History Eugene Cruz-Uribe.
Executive Vice President for University Academic Affairs John Applegate said, “This is a remarkable gift in so many ways: it reflects generosity, leadership, commitment to IU East, appreciation for those who have helped along the way, and a passion for education. IU is deeply grateful to Gene and Kathy.”

The gift will be matched by IU President Michael McRobbie’s matching gift program that encourages endowed gifts to, For All: The Indiana University Bicentennial Campaign. The program matches endowed scholarship gifts of $25,000 or more given by current or former IU faculty and staff or $50,000 or more for friends of the University.

Angie Dickman, IU East Board of Advisors chair, said the gift will benefit the community by supporting students for years to come.

“This gift shows one thing that the Cruz-Uribes do best – lead by example,” Dickman said. “Their gift sets the example for our entire community that higher education is valuable and worth investment with our time and treasure. The Cruz-Uribes are doing their part to allow future leaders to achieve their dreams, and we all thank them for their generosity and vision.”

The Cruz-Uribes said both sets of parents valued education for all of their children and encouraged each to attend college; Kathy has five siblings while Gene has six. Kathy’s father and siblings all earned a baccalaureate degree, and then one went on to earn a J.D., two earned master’s degrees and one earned a master’s and a Ph.D. On Gene’s side of the family, his siblings also all earned undergraduate degrees as well as postgraduate degrees including four master’s degrees, one M.D., and three Ph.Ds.

Gene Cruz-Uribe is a first-generation college student. For his family, he said, there was never a question that he or his siblings would attend college.

“Growing up, we were poor but it was just assumed that we were going to college,” Gene Cruz-Uribe said. “It was just something everybody was going to do.”

In addition to recognizing the encouragement they received from family, the Cruz-Uribes also want to honor their heritage by supporting the spirit of immigration that is so central to American values. They believe this can be achieved through higher education because it leads to a stronger future for individuals and their communities.

In Kathy’s case her ancestors originally came from Italy, Germany and Ireland, while Gene’s came from Norway, Germany and most recently, Mexico. All of them benefitted from the American experience and Kathy and Gene wish to extend that possibility for others new to the American way of life.

“Our families came from many different countries,” Kathy Cruz-Uribe said. “We know that people have also come to this community from all over. We really wanted to provide this opportunity for IU East students. They may have the will to get a degree, but they may not have the means,” she said.

Gene Cruz-Uribe added that the Hispanic population is growing in the Wayne County area and they want to be able to help those students earn a college degree.

The Cruz-Uribes first moved to Richmond, Ind., in July 2013 when Kathy was named the sixth chancellor at IU East. They are now in their fourth year at IU East.

The Cruz-Uribes say that they give because they believe in the campus’ mission to challenge students to grow intellectually and personally in a supportive and scholarly environment.

“This is more than a job for us; it’s a calling. If you believe in the mission it’s a really good way to give back to the community,” Kathy Cruz-Uribe said. “IU East has so many first generation students. We’re very interested in supporting those students. We’re committed to IU East and to the mission.”

Lizzi Miller, president of the Student Government Association and a biochemistry major, said students appreciate those who give toward scholarships.

“As a student at IU East who relies on scholarships, I am elated to hear about the generous gift from the Chancellor and Professor Gene Cruz-Uribe,” Miller said. “I always pride our university on having that wholesome family feel with the most supportive administrators, faculty, and staff around. It’s truly wonderful to attend a university with so much campus and community support—both literal and financial. Without scholarships like this, the college experience would not be possible for a lot of deserving individuals.”

In August 2016, the Cruz-Uribe’s announced a $50,000 gift in support of the Student Events and Activities Center. The center is the fifth building on campus. The center promotes student success through a comprehensive offering of programming in health and wellness, physical education, athletics, student activities and special events.

To recognize their generosity, the campus will name a classroom located in Springwood Hall the Chancellor Kathryn Cruz-Uribe and Eugene Cruz-Uribe Interactive Classroom.

“We were happy to support the Student Events and Activities Center but now we want to support student scholarships,” Kathy Cruz-Uribe said.

This gift will count toward the $2.5 billion campaign, For All: The Indiana University Bicentennial Campaign. IU East’s campaign goal is $7 million, which will help fund a variety of campus initiatives, student scholarships and strategic projects. Find out more about IU East and ways to assist the campus at

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, April 03, 2017 - 04:15 pm: Edit Post

Makespeare - Let the Bard Move You to Make Stuff!
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Morrisson- Reeves Library (MRL) is excited to partner with Richmond Shakespeare Festival in a creative celebration of Shakespeare! Open to artists and makers aged 13 and up, Makespeare invites Richmond-area residents to create a project inspired by Shakespeare's work.

Submission guidelines:

Entries accepted April 24th to May 18th at the Library. Entry submission deadline is May 18th.

Makespeare Art Gallery Opening Reception
Art Awards and Reception at MRL on Thursday, June 8, 5:30 - 7 pm

Artists and makers will be selected from two age brackets (13-18 and 19 and over) for the following awards:

Prizes will be awarded for the winning pieces selected by a panel of local judges.

Need more details? Contact Beth Anne Darr at MRL 765-966-8291 or #makespeare2017

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 09:29 pm: Edit Post

First Bank Richmond Celebrates IU Day with $10,000 Matching Gift to IU East

As the Indiana University community celebrates the second annual IU Day, First Bank Richmond is celebrating IU East with a $10,000 matching gift opportunity for alumni and friends of the campus.
Supplied Photo: Garry Kleer
IU Day is a 24-hour, binge-watching, social-sharing, IU-wearing, online celebration of Indiana University and the people who make IU possible.

The bank announced it will match all gifts, up to $500 per donor, given to IU East today, April 19th. The total $10,000 matching gift amount was selected as a way to honor the campus’ soon-to-be 10,000th alumni who will walk the stage during IU East’s May 12 commencement ceremony this year.

In addition to the matching gift program, First Bank Richmond recently supported the campus through a contribution to the Student Events and Activities Center. The First Bank Richmond Atrium is named in the bank’s honor.

“We appreciate First Bank Richmond’s continued support of IU East. They do so much for our campus and community,” said Vice Chancellor of External Affairs Jason Troutwine.

This is also Campus Campaign week for the university, the annual fundraising initiative among faculty and staff for important programs and scholarships on the IU East campus.

To help kick off Campus Campaign, First Bank Richmond President and CEO Garry Kleer visited IU East to announce the match.

Kleer said the bank employs over 20 IU East alumni. He also credited the university with contributing to the economic development of the region.

“IU East is a good investment for the community and we’re happy to give toward the academic programs and scholarships for students during this year’s IU Day,” Kleer said.

First Bank provided a similar match program last year during IU Day, up to $9,000, which was well received by the campus community and friends.

“Matching gift programs provide an added incentive to our alumni and campus community to give. It adds excitement to giving and we are grateful to First Bank for helping to make this day a true celebration,” said Troutwine.

Gifts can be made at or to the Office of Gift Development at IU East located in Springwood Hall.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 - 01:54 pm: Edit Post

April Reid Health Ambassador ‘Face of Reid Health’ to Community

The April Reid Health Ambassador is known for her dedication and service to others in her tireless outreach efforts in connecting people with resources for their care.
Supplied Photo: Sharrie Harlin
Sharrie Harlin, Community Outreach Coordinator, was described by nominators as “an excellent example” and a “role model” for contributing to the community. “Her passion is clearly to help others and to ensure they have the resources they need,” said one nominator. “She always has an upbeat, positive attitude and has a smile on her face every day.”

Harlin, a Richmond native and a Reid Health team member for three years, is known for her outreach efforts to help people connect with resources for health care coverage – including taking sign-up and outreach “on the road” to events, food pantries and other community organizations.

Harlin also is the host of “Reid Beside You,” a new public service program aired on Whitewater Community Television in Richmond. She is active in numerous community organizations, including the Center City Development Corporation, the Indiana Community Health Workers as Wayne County chair, Heroin is Here, the Indiana University East School of Humanities Advisory Board, the Richmond Board of Zoning Appeals, the Centerstone Indiana Board, Purdue Extension Board, Countywide Partnership for Youth and Richmond Wayne County Chamber.

A graduate of Richmond High School, she earned a degree in public and environmental affairs from Indiana University. She worked in government contracting in Washington D.C. before returning to Richmond in 2006.

Clearly a people person, Harlin said her community activities leave little time for hobbies or other activities. “I enjoy being able to represent Reid out in the community. People feel they can talk to me about anything,” she said. “The fun part is when people walk up to me and share how happy they are that they have insurance.”

Harlin came to Reid Health after four years as Executive Director of the Wayne County Minority Health Coalition, where her focus was also directly involved in promoting better health and wellness awareness.

As a two-time stroke survivor, she finds her own experiences are a motivator for empathizing and encouraging residents to take charge and be more informed about their health. “Getting people connected to coverage and to care providers is rewarding, because it can help make them more proactive about taking care of -- and remove obstacles to -- getting the care they need.”

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 - 02:34 pm: Edit Post

Seventh Reid Health Baby Fair to Feature More Than 15 Organizations
Supplied Graphic: Reid 2017 Baby Fair

The 2017 Reid Health Baby Fair will bring a new format and some expanded offerings when it takes place from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 7, in Lingle Hall on the main campus.

New offerings in the seventh annual event this year will include a meet and greet with Reid Health providers, fertility and conception information from a midwife and physicians, coloring and face-painting for the kids and numerous vendors. More than 15 organizations with services for babies and families will be on hand. The free event will also include door prizes, refreshments and information from organizations including:

Participants can also get information about free classes offered by Reid Health Mother-Baby Care Center. Information about classes or to register, call (765) 983-3380.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, April 24, 2017 - 06:33 pm: Edit Post

Centerville Library Announces May Events
Supplied Flyer: Centerville Library May Events
For more information about upcoming events at the Centerville Library, call 765.855.5223.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - 06:39 pm: Edit Post

IU East School of Humanities and Social Sciences Dean Eesigns for Position at UNA
Supplied Photo: Ross Alexander
School of Humanities and Social Sciences Dean Ross Alexander has been named as the vice president for Academic Affairs and Provost at the University of North Alabama (UNA) in Florence, Ala. He begins his new role at UNA July 1, 2017.

Alexander first joined IU East as the associate vice chancellor for Academic Affairs and dean of Graduate and Continuing Education in January 2012. He served in multiple leadership positions while at IU East.

Before joining IU East, Alexander was a professor and administrator at the University of North Georgia.

“While I am humbled and excited to assume this new leadership position at UNA, I will miss the wonderful faculty, staff, and students of HSS and IU East. I am thankful for all the campus has given me,” Alexander said.

UNA has approximately 7,500 students and over 140 graduate and undergraduate academic programs. In his role, Alexander will lead over 275 full-time faculty and a number of administrative units.

Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs TJ Rivard will assume the additional role of interim dean of Humanities and Social Sciences, and a national search for Dean Alexander’s replacement will commence this fall.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 - 02:41 pm: Edit Post

Photo Exhibit Opens this Thursday at Cope
Supplied Photo: Pathway by Walt Bistline
A photo exhibition entitled "Coping with the Environment," by Associate Professor of Art at Earlham College, Walt Bistline, will open this Thursday, April 13th from 6 to 8 p.m. at Cope Environmental Center, in connection with the dedication of their new educational building. Nineteen black & white photos of the Center and its environs -- and 30% of all proceeds go to the center.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - 06:46 pm: Edit Post

"South Padre Island" is on display at IU East's Room 912, April 18 to June 2

Walt Bistline teaches photography at Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana. He was born in Florida in 1950, attended Emory University in Atlanta on a National Merit Scholarship, where he majored in English literature, then earned his law degree at Boston University. He practiced corporate finance law for 25 years -- first on Wall Street, then in Dallas and Houston, where he was twice voted a "Texas Super Lawyer."

In 2001, Walt entered graduate school at the University of Houston, received his M.F.A. in 2004, and joined the Earlham faculty. His photographs are in approximately 300 public, corporate and private collections, including the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, the Richmond Art Museum, the Center for Photography at Woodstock, the Tokyo Friends School, the Wanganui New Zealand Meeting House, Indiana University East, Ivy Tech Community College, The Wayne County Foundation and Reid Memorial Hospital.

Walt¹s work has been selected for every Whitewater Valley Art Exhibition at IU East since 2004. Representative images may be viewed at

Artist Statement: On the quiet side of South Padre Island, long boardwalks cross a saltwater marsh to tattered bird blinds on the edge of the Laguna Madre. From within the blinds, the wooden framework creates a matrix of strong vertical and horizontal lines that compartmentalize the landscape, while fabric diffuses the exterior light, leaving blocks of soft color. The random, weathered tears and resultant curves and frayed edges of the fabric add an organic effect and reframe one¹s reading of the landscape in surprising ways. Swathes of fabric became enticing veils. A slit here seems sensuous, while a gash there appears ominous. The landscape is always present, but the interior, grid-like structures of the blinds fragment the world outside ­ creating a tension between what is constructed and what is natural. These photographs reflect on how our experience of nature is mediated by the forms and materials of manmade structures. - Walt Bistline

For more information, call Ed Thornburg, campus art director, at (765)973-8605 or visit

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - 07:03 pm: Edit Post

Bob Dwenger of Rushville Recognized as Area 9 2107 Golden Hoosier
Supplied Photo: Area 9 2017 Golden Hoosier Award Presentation
Bob Dwenger of Rushville received the 2017 Golden Hoosier Award at a special awards luncheon on April 13th at The Leland Legacy in Richmond. This award recognizes an individual 65 years of age and older for their volunteer service in helping to improve the quality of life in their community. It is the highest honor bestowed on an older individual by the Area 9 In-Home and Community Services Agency, a service of Indiana University East.

Nominations for the Golden Hoosier Award were received throughout the Area 9 Agency’s five county region (Fayette, Franklin, Rush, Union and Wayne). A committee appointed by Area 9 Agency reviewed the nominations and selected the individual to be honored. A certificate and gifts were presented to each nominee. Other honorees included Virginia Bostick and Charmaign Dare of Liberty; Beverly Clark, Mary Jo Clark, Janet Hurley, Marti Kofski, Diana Lahman, Eva Lamott, Ann Markley, Judy Pelfry and Sandy Ryan of Richmond; Lorena Gromer, Jack Jarvis and Jim Nellis of Cambridge City; Mary-Alice Helms and Marylyn Tierney of Brookville; Dr. Russell E. Hodges, Donna Schroeder and Joseph C. Wheeler of Connersville; Ramona Wilkinson of Rushville; and Dan Wicker of Dublin.

Bob is the perfect example of a truly selfless volunteer. He works five days a week as a Foster Grandparent in the third grade at St. Mary’s School. His duties include helping the children with reading and homework, escorting them to mass, and serving as a chaperone on field trips and other school activities.

After school is over for the day, Bob spends several hours every week visiting the local nursing homes where he talks and listens to the residents who look forward to his visits. He also spends one evening a week visiting and taking communion to the homebound.

When school is out for the summer, Bob can be found driving Veterans to the VA Hospital in Indianapolis.

An active member of St. Mary’s Church, he serves as Eucharist minister and is involved in a variety of other activities, always there to serve those needing his assistance.

Bob serves as a trustee for the local Knights of Columbus and represents them at St. Mary’s baptisms. He welcomes the new members and their families and presents them with a gift of welcome.

Gleaner’s food service is another of Bob’s endeavors. He helps distribute food each month when they visit Rushville. He can also be found working at the local food pantry when time allows.

Bob can be seen as a volunteer throughout Rush County. He is always there to lend a helping hand. He has touched the lives of many people and serves as a model of the perfect volunteer. He is humble, honest, sincere and selfless.

This year’s recognition was the 40th year recognizing older volunteers in the five counties served by Area 9 Agency.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, March 27, 2017 - 07:28 pm: Edit Post

EIHRA to Host Management Conference on May 11th
Supplied Flyer: "Ding Happens!"
"Ding Happens!" is a management conference that will be presented by EIHRA and motivational and improv speaker, Avish Parashar on Thursday, May 11th at Forest Hills Country Club, Richmond. Fee for non-EIHRA members is $40. To attend, email or call 765-977-3498.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, April 04, 2017 - 06:46 pm: Edit Post

Wayne County Special Olympics News

Track and Field Event
Area 9 Special Olympics will be hosting the first track meet ever held at Union County High school on May 6, 2017. Special Olympics athletes from, Wayne, Union, Fayette, Shelby, Decatur, Ripley, Ohio, and Franklin Counties will be competing. We will have over 130 athletes compete in track events, softball throw, javelin throw, and shot put events.

The opening ceremonies start at 12:30pm with the Special Olympics Torch lighting, Knights of Columbus Honor Guard presenting US Flag, National Anthem, Athlete Oath, and parade of athletes around the field. Track and field events will immediately follow the opening ceremonies.

Everyone is welcome and there are no fees for parking or the event. A food concession will be open.

The Union County 4H Club is hosting a fundraiser spaghetti Dinner in the 4H building next to the track from 3-8pm.

Archery News
Supplied Photo by Lonnie Snow: Archer with Green Bow
Several individuals showed up at Frames Outdoors Archery Range in Liberty, Indiana. This opportunity was offered to individuals with intellectual disabilities to get an idea of how this sport could be introduced to Special Olympics Athletes. We found that with a good archery instructor such as Oscar, and some individual time with each one they showed good ability to handle and shoot a compound bow. With some minor changes to the compound bow and a few accessories it produced some great results.
Supplied photo by Lonnie Snow: Archer with Target
This archery program could be designed similar to the NASP( National Archery School Program) . If you have an interest in this type of program we could use your volunteer, financial, or monetary support. The cost of the bow with accessories is around $350.00. Please contact Lonnie Snow, Wayne County Special Olympics Coordinator at

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By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, March 01, 2017 - 07:38 pm: Edit Post

Free Digital Fix Classes Coming to Richmond

Richmond’s Innovation Center is bringing free Digital Fix classes to three locations in March, April and May. Digital Fix classes are one hour, one-on-one sessions taught by a computer professional to resolve your digital questions.

Examples of Digital Fix issues are: using a smart phone, installing software, buying a digital device, organizing photos, using Facebook, downloading a book onto an e-reader, backing up a hard drive, etc.

Organizations hosting the free sessions are:

Contact Nikita Martina at The Innovation Center (765-962-8151) today to schedule your free Digital Fix session at any of the three locations.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 01:52 pm: Edit Post

Coaches4Kids Golf Outing, Gerry Faust to Host, Monday, May 22, 2017

Wernle Youth & Family Treatment Center will hold its annual Coaches4Kids Golf Outing at Forest Hills Country Club on Monday, May 22, 2017. Gerry Faust will be the host of the event. Joining Coach Faust will be several of his former Notre Dame players.

Before coaching, Faust began as a three-time letterman as quarterback at the University of Dayton. His 18 years of coaching at Moeller High School in Cincinnati (1963-80) produced a 174-17-2 record to go with seven unbeaten seasons, four mythical national prep titles and five Ohio state titles in his last six seasons. He coached Notre Dame to a 30-26-1 record, including a 1983 Liberty Bowl victory and an '84 Aloha Bowl appearance, before resigning at the end of the 1985 season. Faust spent the next nine seasons (1986-94) as head coach at the University of Akron. Faust's 43 wins placed him 3rd in Akron career wins leaders.

Sponsorships are still available. Individual Team sign-ups coming soon! For more information please contact Eric Burkhart: 765-939-4514 or by e-mail

Wernle is a family focused, child centered agency providing opportunities for the growth and development of troubled children and their families – individually, interpersonally, and socially – through caring programs and healing relationships which are reflective of God’s love revealed through Jesus Christ.

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