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By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, December 06, 2016 - 11:04 pm: Edit Post

Silly Safaris presents The Reindeer Reserve with Candy Cane Chris
Supplied Photo: Silly Safaris Reindeer Reserve
Wednesday, December 14th
6:30 p.m., Bard Room, Morrisson-Reeves Library


What a better way to get into the spirit of the holidays than to enjoy a fun-filled family evening with a silly elf named Candy Cane Chris. He has worked out a deal with Santa to borrow a reindeer for our program at the Library! Candy Cane Chris will also bring along some interesting animals from the North Pole. He’s a silly elf full of antics and jokes to share with all the kids. Maybe you will be picked to be his special helper!

We’re inviting kids of all ages to enjoy this high-energy program at Morrisson-Reeves Library.

This program is FREE and open to the public!

Come a little early to ensure your spot, as this is a highly attended program.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, November 29, 2016 - 06:07 pm: Edit Post

Special HIP 2.0, Affordable Care Act Insurance Sign-Up Event Dec. 8 at Reid Health
Flyer: ACA Sign Up Event
A special HIP 2.0 and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) sign-up event is scheduled from 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, in Lingle Hall at Reid Health, 1100 Reid Parkway, Richmond, IN.

The event will allow participants to learn more about Indiana’s Healthy Indiana Plan 2.0 coverage and also ACA-Obamacare options for 2017, including an ACA option for MDwise in Indiana that is in network for Reid Health Physician Associates.

“I encourage anyone who has questions about these programs or who is ready to sign up to attend,” said Sharrie Harlin, Reid Health Community Outreach Coordinator.

Drawings will be held for prizes, including an Apple IPAD, a 50-inch flat-screen TV and a $250 gift certificate to Walmart. No signup is required to be eligible for the prizes, but you must be at least 19 to enter the drawings. Refreshments will be served.

Be sure to bring sign-up documentation, which for HIP includes a photo ID, birth certificate and last two pay stubs.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 - 03:45 pm: Edit Post

Reid Health services Featured in Annual Holiday Gift Fair Dec. 7

Reid Health services and departments ranging from the Ginkgo Boutique and Café at Twelve Hundred to Massage Therapy will be featured in the annual Holiday Gift Fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7, on the hospital campus main concourse.

The event offers assorted sales and gift ideas, including:

The event will also include opportunities for drawings and prizes.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, December 06, 2016 - 05:28 pm: Edit Post

Sounds of the Season Band Concert
Flyer: Sounds of the Season Concert Flyer
Get your holiday season off to a great start by joining Seton Catholic for their winter band concert, featuring the 7-12 grade band and choir, performing music from Home Alonge, the Nutcracker, Peanuts and many traditional Christmas songs!

Thursday, December 15th at 7:00 p.m. at Seton Catholic High School's chuck Mosey Memorial Gymnasium. Free will donation.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, December 06, 2016 - 01:45 pm: Edit Post

Alan C. Price Named Earlham College’s 18th President

The Earlham College Board of Trustees has named Alan C. Price ’88 the College’s 18th president. Price is the Associate Director of Management for the Peace Corps and is Acting Chief of Staff for the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service in Washington, D.C. An expert in change management and leadership development, Price also has served on Earlham’s Board of Trustees since July 2016.

He will take office July 1, 2017.

“The Board of Trustees is absolutely thrilled to welcome Alan Price as Earlham’s next president,” said Deborah Hull ’67, chair of the Earlham board. “Throughout his career, Alan has proven himself as a visionary leader with a unique ability to make good organizations even better. We are looking forward to working with Alan to make Earlham stronger, more nimble and even better able to fulfill its educational mission in a rapidly changing world.”

Price, who is African-American, will be the first person of color to serve as Earlham’s president. Although he ran a department at Harvard Business School and has taught on the university level, his career has spanned a broad range of experiences in non-profit, for-profit and government organization that will inform his return to academia. He majored in economics at Earlham and earned his J.D. at Harvard Law School in 1992.

In a varied career, he has worked as consultant to major corporations, but also displayed a passion for education, including serving as an elected member of the Cambridge (Mass.) School Board from 2002-04. He also has a long history of public service, serving in the U.S. Army National Guard from 1983-89 and on the Cambridge (Mass.) Police Review and Advisory Board from 1996-2002, in addition to leadership roles in federal government, to which he was appointed by President Barack Obama.

David Stump ’72, a board member who chaired the search committee, added that Price’s impressive professional background and passion for Earlham helped him distinguish himself to the committee.

“Alan immediately stood out in a field of exceptionally strong candidates,” said Stump. “During his many interviews, Alan quickly connected with students, faculty and staff. We heard from many in the campus community who felt that he is an ideal person to lead the College at this time in its history.”

The presidential search attracted more than 50 candidates, and culminated with open on-campus interviews with four finalists. Price was the consensus choice of the College’s trustees.

As an alumnus and board member, Price will have the advantage of deep knowledge of the College, a perspective on its past, and insights into its future possibilities.

As he looked toward his presidency, Price highlighted the ways in which the College prepared him for this role: “Earlham is where I first learned the power and importance of consensus building. Earlham is where I reexamined childhood assumptions about social justice and social responsibility. Earlham is where I learned to speak truth to power — with respect.”

“I am in love with Earlham, not just as a romantic ideal filtered through my younger eyes, trapped in amber, and preserved like some curio. I am in love with Earlham’s complicated and messy reality, scarred by many of the same human and organizational imperfections that make the larger world so fascinating. Earlham provides both a microcosm of the world as it is and a vision of what the world might be. Although my J.D. from Harvard Law School has opened doors to extraordinary opportunities, it has always been my Earlham education (academic and co-curricular experiences) that brought out the best in me and truly prepared me to bring out the best in other people and organizations.”

Price is the author of Ready to Lead? A story for leaders and their mentors (Jossey Bass 2004) and has served as a consultant to Fortune 500 companies, major universities, and utility providers.

Price will be joined in Richmond by his wife of 24 years, Gina LaRoche, a graduate of Georgetown University and Harvard Business School, and co-founder of Seven Stones Leadership Group. They have two adult sons — Jackson and Griffin.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, October 18, 2016 - 06:10 pm: Edit Post

Nettle Creek Players Presents New Christmas Musical
Touring Group "Main Street Artists" Performs Christmas Through the Ages

Nettle Creek Players, a 501c3 not-for-profit arts organization, will present “Christmas Through The Ages” by Main Street Artists at 7:30pm on Friday & Saturday, December 16 & 17 and 2:00pm on Sunday, December 18, 2016 on 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 each of the concerts are $15 per person and can be purchased at www.nettlecreekplayers.com.

CHRISTMAS THROUGH THE AGES features some of the greatest songs ever written about the holiday season. Appropriate for everyone from ages 4 to 104, CHRISTMAS THROUGH THE AGES is presented by a troupe of professional actors who will take audiences on a musical journey through time as they present music inspired by the holiday season. The music will range from early chants to medieval, renaissance, baroque, classical, romantic, Victorian and contemporary along with some humorous and interesting stories and vignettes about how the music was inspired in each era. Some of the songs will feature accompaniment by period instruments including psaltery, dulcimer, organ, and recorder. Among the classic and lesser-known songs featured are “Lo How A Rose,” “O Come Immanuel,” “Happy Holiday” and “Silent Night.” With more than 40 songs ranging from contemporary hits to classic hymns, there are warm holiday musical memories for everyone in this elegant evening of live entertainment. Cast members include the shows author and professional performer Julie Lyn Barber and Indianapolis theatre artist Dave Ruark.

Main Street Artist is an arts and entertainment production company based in Parker City, IN. In addition to theatrical productions, Main Street Artists also offers musical acts ranging from classical to jazz to roots and bluegrass for concerts, festivals and events throughout the region as well as workshops and educational outreach music and arts programming. More information is available at www.mainstartists.com.

“Christmas Through The Ages” marks the second in a series of performances presented by Nettle Creek Players which has recently returned to downtown Hagerstown after an absence of almost 20 years. From 1971-1997 Nettle Creek Players existed as a professional summer stock theatre serving Hagerstown and East Central Indiana. During its original run, hundreds of actors, directors, designers and technicians hired from all over the country made Hagerstown their summer home as they rehearsed and performed classic Broadway musicals under an enormous circus tent on Main Street, creating a unique and beloved cultural tradition for the town. A declining interest and difficulties maintaining consistent management led to the organization’s closing in 1997. In 2015, a group of Hagerstown business and community leaders came together with some former Nettle Creek Players with an idea to revive the program for a new generation. Hagerstown is in the midst of a downtown renaissance with several unique and popular businesses filling formerly empty storefronts. Community leaders reported a broad-based desire within the community to see the return of the Nettle Creek Players. The group is now established as Hagerstown’s newest 501c3 not-for-profit arts organization with a diverse board of directors, several corporate and individual sponsors and leadership by Executive Artistic Director Darrin Murrell, a seasoned theatre professional and Nettle Creek Players alum from the 1980’s. Future planned events include a one-man performance of Mark Twain at a date to be determined in the spring of 2017 as well as a full revival of the summer stock model that made Nettle Creek Players a rich part of the cultural heritage of the region for so many years.

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


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, December 06, 2016 - 10:40 pm: Edit Post

December 12 Medical Monday to Feature Information on Avoiding Fraud, Identity Theft

The December Medical Monday event will feature information on how to protect yourself from fraud. The event will be at 1 p.m. Dec. 12 at Central United Methodist Church in Richmond.

The presentation – “Don’t be a Victim: Protect Yourself from Scams and Identity Theft” – will be given by Barb Miller, Outreach Service Specialist with the Indiana Attorney General’s office. She will share information on the latest tactics used by scam artists and provide tips on how to avoid becoming a victim of fraud or identity theft.

Central United Methodist Church is at 1425 East Main in Richmond. To attend, please RSVP Sharrie Harlin at (765) 983-3000, ext. 4676. Medical Monday is supported by Reid Health Community Benefit.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, December 06, 2016 - 10:44 pm: Edit Post

UploandSport.com Announces November 2016 Turkey Shoot
Supplied Photo: Mike Sweet & Chet Subblefield Holding Turkeys
Winners of the November 2016 Turkey Shoot were Mike Sweet & Chet Stubblefield. We will have another competition Shotgun Turkey Shoot on December 18 at East Central Indiana's Richmond Conservation Club. Also, sign up now for 2017 Trap League! For more information about the Turkey Shoots and other Sunday Trap Shooting Scheduled Events see www.UplandSport.Club or call or text to: (765)546-6047


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, November 29, 2016 - 03:17 pm: Edit Post

New Christmas Musical to Play IndyFringe & Nettle Creek Players
Touring Group "Main Street Artists" Perform Christmas Through the Ages"

Main Street Artists, an Indiana-based touring arts organization, will present the new musical comedy “Christmas Through The Ages” at Nettle Creek Players on Friday & Saturday, December 16 & 17 at 7:30pm and Sunday, December 18 at 2:00pm and again at IndyFringe on Friday, December 23 at 7:30pm. The Nettle Creek Players performances will take place on the Opera House stage in the Historic Hagerstown Museum at 96 ½ E. Main St.in downtown Hagerstown on Indiana State Highways 1 & 38. The IndyFringe performance will take place at the Basile Theatre at IndyFringe, 218 E. St. Claire in downtown Indianapolis. Tickets for each of the concerts are $15 per person and can be purchased at www.nettlecreekplayers.com for the Nettle Creek Players show and at www.indyfringe.org for the IndyFringe show.

CHRISTMAS THROUGH THE AGES features some of the greatest songs ever written about the holiday season. Appropriate for everyone from ages 4 to 104, CHRISTMAS THROUGH THE AGES is presented by a troupe of professional actors who will take audiences on a musical journey through time as they present music inspired by the holiday season. The music will range from early chants to medieval, renaissance, baroque, classical, romantic, Victorian and contemporary along with some humorous and interesting stories and vignettes about how the music was inspired in each era. Some of the songs will feature accompaniment by period instruments including psaltery, dulcimer, organ, and recorder. Among the classic and lesser-known songs featured are “Lo How A Rose,” “O Come Immanuel,” “Happy Holiday” and “Silent Night.” With more than 40 songs ranging from contemporary hits to classic hymns, there are warm holiday musical memories for everyone in this elegant evening of live entertainment. Cast members include the shows author and professional performer Julie Lyn Barber and Indianapolis theatre artist Dave Ruark.

Main Street Artist is an arts and entertainment production company based in Parker City, IN. In addition to theatrical productions, Main Street Artists also offers musical acts ranging from classical to jazz to roots and bluegrass for concerts, festivals and events throughout the region as well as workshops and educational outreach music and arts programming. More information is available at www.mainstartists.com.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, November 29, 2016 - 02:51 pm: Edit Post

U.S. 40 and U.S. 27 construction planned to start in 2017
Supplied Map: Richmond Streets
The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) is planning to rebuild nearly two miles of southbound U.S. 27 and nearly one mile of eastbound U.S. 40 starting early next year.

Both road projects will be coordinated and constructed under one contract. Bids for the construction contract are scheduled to be opened and reviewed by INDOT in January 2017. Pending a contract award, construction is anticipated to begin in March 2017 and be complete before the end of 2018.

About the project
Southbound U.S. 27 (8th Street) construction will span from the bridge over the Whitewater River, near Sim Hodgin Parkway, to the South O Street overpass. The curved alignment of 8th Street near North C Street will be straightened.

Eastbound U.S. 40 (South A Street and 11th Street) construction will span from the bridge over the Whitewater River gorge to 11th Street and will include 11th Street from South A Street to Main Street.

Both highways will be rebuilt in sections. One lane of traffic will be shifted to one side of the road while the other side is closed for construction. South A Street and 8th Street will remain open during construction, and 11th Street will be closed for up to 45 days. Traffic will be detoured to 16th Street during this short-term closure.

For more details about the project, including maps, go to http://www.in.gov/indot/3589.htm.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, November 29, 2016 - 02:49 pm: Edit Post

Reid Health Community Benefit Awards Almost $80,000 in Grants to Promote Physical Fitness, Good Nutrition in the Region

The Reid Health Community Benefit program recently awarded $78,007 in grants to programs aimed at promoting physical activity, good nutrition and weight management in the region served by the health system as part of the third and last 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.

“The programs receiving funds this time each play a vital role in the ongoing challenge of ensuring nutritious food is available to those facing food insecurity, as well as promoting exercise and physical activity in a variety of ways,” said Craig Kinyon, Reid Health President/CEO. “These agencies are important partners with us as we all go about the continuing mission of improving the health of our communities.”

To see each grant and how it will be used, 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 Tuesday, November 29, 2016 - 01:52 pm: Edit Post

Ivy Tech Community College Richmond Hosting Fundraising Event to Support Growing Agriculture Program

On December 16, Ivy Tech Community College will be hosting a fundraiser in support of the agriculture program. Ivy Tech President Dr. Sue Ellspermann is the keynote speaker. Entertainment will include agriculture comedian Tim Moffett and bluegrass musician Wes Miller. Farm Credit Mid-America, Harvest Land Co-op/Land O’Lakes, and First Bank Richmond are major sponsors for the event.

Paul and Pat Lingle recognize that agriculture is extremely important to the region’s economy and understands that local support is critical for ensuring the enrollment and program demand is sustained. The Lingle’s have contributed a major gift toward the campus’ high priority project of a greenhouse and dedicated lab, which will provide the naming of the Lingle Agriculture Lab and Greenhouse.

The event will take place on December 16 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Forest Hills Country Club. Tickets are $75 each. If you are interested in attending the event or donating toward the program, please contact Callie Luthman by email at cluthman@ivytech.edu or by phone at 765-966-2656 x2347.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, November 29, 2016 - 01:19 pm: Edit Post

Ivy Tech Community College Richmond Schedules Express Enrollment Days for Spring Classes

Richmond, Ind. - Ivy Tech Community College Richmond Region’s December and January Express Enrollment Days for new and continuing students offers opportunities to complete all steps for class registration in one visit.

Sabrina Pennington, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, Richmond and East Central Regions, said, “Research indicates students who register early are more successful in college. Registering now, before the January 9 deadline, gives the student time to plan work and family obligations in advance and be better prepared for a busy academic schedule. It also gives the student the best selection of class times and days.”

Ivy Tech Community College will be closed Monday, December 26 – Friday, December 30. Students are encouraged to enroll now and beat the rush at the January 9 enrollment deadline. Classes start January 17, 2017.

December Express Enrollment Days:
Richmond and Connersville locations, Monday, December 5, 12, 19, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Richmond campus, Saturday Express Enrollment Day, December, 3, 9:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Connersville Instructional Center, Saturday, Express Enrollment Day, December 10, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Richmond campus, Express Enrollment Week, Monday, December 5 – Friday, December 9, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.


January Express Enrollment Days:
Connersville Instructional Center, Monday January 2 and 9, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Richmond campus, Express Enrollment Week, Monday, January 2 – Friday, January 6, 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Richmond campus, Express Enrollment Saturday, January 7, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.,
Richmond campus, Express Enrollment, Monday, January 9, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.


The Richmond campus Express Enrollment Center is open Monday through Thursday, 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. and Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. For more information, call 765-966-2656, ext. 1202 or 800-659-4562, ext. 1202.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, November 29, 2016 - 01:17 pm: Edit Post

MDwise, Reid Health Physician Associates Reach Agreement for 2017 ACA Coverage

Reid Health and MDwise have reached a contract agreement that will make Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplace insurance plans in network for Reid Health Physician Associates (RHPA) in 2017.

The agreement allows individuals who are in the care of RHPA caregivers with an ACA plan through MDwise Marketplace to continue receiving outpatient care with their physician. Also in-network now will be lab services at RHPA practices and radiology services at the Whitewater Valley Imaging in Connersville. Radiology services performed at the Reid urgent care locations in Richmond, Connersville and Eaton, Ohio, as well as the Reid Orthopedics Center in Richmond will also now be considered in-network.

“We’re excited to add Reid Health Physician Associates to our network for MDwise Marketplace members. This partnership with Reid provides even more high quality healthcare providers for our members,” said Cesar Martinez, president and CEO of MDwise.

“Reid Health Physician Associates is pleased to join the MDwise network of providers,” said Craig Kinyon, president and CEO of Reid Health. “This partnership allows individuals to explore MDwise as an option for affordable health care, while remaining under the care of their trusted Reid physician.”

While Reid Health Hospital is not in the MDwise network at this time, Reid’s Emergency Department is covered for Emergency Care per the agreement.

About MDwise and MDwise Marketplace
MDwise and MDwise Marketplace are nonprofit health maintenance organizations focused on providing health coverage to Indiana individuals and families. Our mission is to provide access to compassionate, high quality, coordinated health care and education in the communities we serve. MDwise provides health coverage for the following Indiana Health Coverage Programs: Hoosier Healthwise, Healthy Indiana Plan and Hoosier Care Connect. MDwise Marketplace is a Qualified Health Plan issuer in the Health Insurance Marketplace. Health coverage is currently provided through these health plans to more than 400,000 members with nearly 4,000 primary medical providers and a statewide array of hospitals, specialists and other providers. For more information, visit MDwise.org.

About Reid Health
The Reid Health organization includes a 217-bed hospital on the main campus in Richmond, Indiana and numerous satellite locations in the region of Eastern Indiana and Western Ohio. Reid Health Physician Associates (RHPA) is a 44-practice network of primary, specialty and urgent care providers throughout the service area. Reid’s service area is home to about 280,000 people and includes six Indiana and two Ohio counties.


Special sign-up event Dec. 8
A special HIP 2.0 and ACA Sign-up event is scheduled from 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, in Lingle Hall at Reid Health, 1100 Reid Parkway, Richmond, IN. Drawings will be held for prizes, including an Apple IPAD, a 50-inch flat-screen TV and a $250 gift certificate to Walmart. No signup is required to be eligible for the prizes. Be sure to bring sign-up documentation, which for HIP includes a photo ID, birth certificate and last two pay stubs. You must be at least 19 years old to participate in the drawings.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, November 29, 2016 - 01:13 pm: Edit Post

Manufacturing Matters Adds New Short-Term Safety, Quality Practices Training Program

Manufacturing Matters, a short-term training program at Ivy Tech Community College Richmond Region, started a new training initiative this month. The Production Associate track is a five week safety, quality practices/measurement and employability skills course. The participants can earn three national certifications including an OSHA 10 card when they successfully complete the course.

Kim Thurlow, who oversees the Manufacturing Matters initiative says, “Manufacturing Matters employer partners requested the Production Associate training because it addresses two important areas employers need: safety and quality practices/measurement. Safety is the number one priority for all manufacturers, but quality practices is a close second. Quality practices ensure products are meeting or exceeding customer’s expectations which in turn, helps increase a company’s bottom line. In this program, participants complete in a shorter time period, but have credentials that can continue to stack and be built upon as they enter the workforce.”

The Production Associate program is modeled after a program at Manufacturing Matters’ mentor college, Northeast Community College in Norfolk, Nebraska. Northeast was assigned to Manufacturing Matters by the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) in 2013, when AACC awarded a grant to Manufacturing Matters for its training programs.

“You don’t need to take a Manufacturing Matters class to be hired in manufacturing. But, taking the initiative to create evidence of your ability to learn, show up and be drug free is a guarantee your value is higher in the marketplace,” Thurlow said.

Production Associate training certifications are earned through the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC). The nationwide MSSC System, based on industry-defined and federally-endorsed standards, offers both entry-level and incumbent workers the opportunity to demonstrate that they have acquired the skills increasingly needed in the technology-intensive 21st century jobs. These certifications will help guarantee a more qualified and successful employee for local manufacturers.

“MSSC certifications also can be used for Ivy Tech Community College credit in selected academic programs. By earning these national credentials, participants also can earn College credit.” Thurlow said.

Manufacturing Matters was developed in 2013 following a strategic doing session focused on addressing manufacturing skill gaps and hiring demands in East Central Indiana. Today, there are 13 employer partners and numerous stakeholders in Fayette, Rush, and Wayne Counties.

For more information on Manufacturing Matters and its training programs or to become a Manufacturing Matters partner, visit www.manufacturingmatters.info


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, November 29, 2016 - 12:51 pm: Edit Post

Earlhamite named Rhodes Scholar in Historic Launch of Middle East Program

Hashem Abushama ’17 has been selected as one of three Rhodes Scholars by the Rhodes Trust for its inaugural Syria, Jordan, Lebanon and Palestine program.

He is the third Earlhamite to receive the prestigious scholarship and the first Palestinian nominated for the award. Rhodes Scholars are chosen on the basis of exceptional intellect, character, leadership and commitment to service. Notable luminaries who have received the Rhodes include former Secretary of State Dean Rusk, former U.S. Sen. J. William Fulbright, philosopher Naomi Wolf, U.S. Sen. Cory Booker; and Marc Kielburger, co-founder of Feed The Children.

The scholarship will support his admission to the University of Oxford where he plans to pursue two Master’s degrees: one in Global Governance and Diplomacy, and the second in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies.

“When I told my parents that I might have a chance to go to Oxford, they were almost in tears,” says Abushama, who grew up in the Palestinian refugee camp of Arroub.

“Many parents outside the U.S. know Harvard and Oxford by name,” he says. “To think I would make it from my refugee camp to Oxford is truly incredible.”

The Rhodes is one the most prestigious academic awards in the English-speaking world, and one that broadened its reach in recent decades. At its founding in 1902, the award was only open to men from the British colonies, Germany and the United States. The program began including women in 1978. The addition of scholars from the Middle East marks an important broadening of the program’s reach.

“Hashem is like so many of Earlham's students, who are very bright, very active, and very concerned with the world around us,” Academic Dean Greg Mahler says. “He has been a real leader on campus, and in my eyes is exactly the kind of student that the Rhodes Scholarship is seeking to recognize.

“He is clearly someone who is going to continue to be a leader in life,” he says. “We at Earlham are delighted that his skills and his accomplishments have been recognized, and we wish him the very best as he moves forward in life.”

A Peace and Global Studies major and Economics minor at Earlham, Abushama has devoted his early adult life spreading awareness about the struggles of Palestinians. His dream is to establish community outreach centers whose focus is on political education at refugee camps like the one he grew up in. He also plans on establishing youth empowerment boards that would unite refugees across the Middle East.

Abushama says studying at Oxford represents an opportunity to further the global network he has been building since arriving at Earlham while joining an academic community known for its political debates and extensive academic library.

“From my refugee camp, Arroub, to Earlham to Oxford, and every place in between and beyond, I have been blessed with people who have helped shape who I am,” he says. “As I get ready to embark on this journey, I remember my community, and former Rhodes Scholars, including the first-ever African American Rhodes Scholar, Alain LeRoy Locke, who have broken enough ceilings to make it possible for me to become a Rhodes Scholar. And I hope that I will continue this legacy of breaking through ceilings so that kids in my refugee camp and beyond are empowered.”


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, November 16, 2016 - 07:17 pm: Edit Post

Ivy Tech Community College Richmond Offers 16 Week Certification in High Demand Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Job Field

Ivy Tech Community College Richmond Region is offering a 16 week Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) course for area residents and current Ivy Tech students. The CNA Certification offers individuals the opportunity to immediately enter high demand jobs upon successful completion of the course. Students achieving the CNA Workforce Certification qualify for an average starting wage of $10 or more per hour, and full-time positions offer insurance and benefits by local employers.

The course starts January 17 and completes May 13. There are two course options for the Spring term: Monday and Thursday, 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., or Wednesday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., once a week class. Area residents and current Ivy Tech students may enroll in the course. Financial aid is available for qualified candidates. Applicants are encouraged to apply by December 16 to allow time for the background check completion.

The CNA course is a workforce certificate that also applies to other degree programs like the Associate degree Patient Care Technician and the other health technical certificates. Class size is limited. For further information contact: Michelle Anderson, 765-966-2656, ext. 1166 or manderson165@ivytech.edu.

MAKE IT HAPPEN MONDAYS Express Enrollment is every Monday at the Richmond campus and Connersville Instructional Center, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. NO appointment needed. Applicants can complete all steps in one visit. The Richmond Express Enrollment Center is open Monday – Thursday, 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. New students are encouraged to apply online at www.ivytech.edu/applynow before coming to campus. If you need to assess, please arrive at least two hours before closing time.

January 9 is the deadline to enroll for Spring Semester 2017. Classes begin January 17.

For more information, call 765-966-2656, ext. 1202, or 800-659-4562 ext. 1202.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 - 03:49 pm: Edit Post

Siblings Inspired Reid Health Pediatric Hospitalist to Go into Medicine
Supplied Photo: Dr. Zhengyi Wang
Dr. Zhengyi Wang
The inspiration to become a pediatric physician came at an early age for Dr. Zhengyi Wang. As the eldest of four children, he often cared for his siblings while their parents were working.

When they were sick, he recalls, “it made me sad to see them suffering.” Dr. Wang said his siblings’ formative years were instrumental in his decision to go into medicine specifically to care for children. Dr. Wang became Reid Health’s first pediatric hospitalist in October. Though he is part of the pediatric section, his position represents another milestone in hospitalist care at Reid Health.

The hospitalist program launched almost nine years ago with two physicians. Today, the staff includes 10 physicians and five advance practice providers. Hospitalists are physicians who specialize in caring for patients while they are in the hospital, allowing referring doctors to focus on outpatient care.

Amy Powell, who recruits physicians for the health system, said Dr. Wang brings a wealth of experience to the expanded pediatric team, noting that he most recently worked for five years in West Virginia in a pediatric practice that provided a level of care similar to what is offered with the Reid Health system. “His approach is very team-oriented and protocol-centered. We are excited Dr. Wang will be leading the efforts to establish our first pediatric hospitalist program and continue to recruit for an additional pediatric hospitalist to join him in the near future,” Powell said.

Though Dr. Wang was introduced to the Reid Health position through a recruiter, he was already familiar with Reid because he is friends with and a former classmate of Dr. Xinqiang Han, a cardiologist who has been on the Reid team for a decade. Dr. Wang and Dr. Han are both natives of China.

He cited the many advantages of the program. “We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and easily accessible if any emergency or concerns arise with pediatric inpatients,” Dr. Wang said.

Dr. Wang came to the United States 20 years ago as a research scientist, having shifted away from his original dream to be a pediatrician. So 10 years ago he made the move back into direct patient care.

He went to medical school at 16 and became a doctor at 21 at one of best cancer hospitals in China, he said. He said seeing patients fighting cancer is what inspired him to go into research to try to understand more about medicine and disease.

Reid Health’s other pediatric specialists are excited to have hospitalist support.

“Having the hospitalist will allow us to spend more time in the office where our demand is biggest and continues to grow,” said Dr. William Black, with Reid Pediatric & Internal Medicine. He said demands for in-hospital care sometimes can mean missed appointments in the outpatient setting.

Dr. Martin Muñoz, also with Reid Pediatric & Internal Medicine, said Dr. Wang’s addition means “readily available care for our patient population that merits hospital admission.” The addition will also improve availability for outpatient appointments, he said.

Dr. John Tan, with Whitewater Valley Primary Care in Connersville, echoed his peers on how the addition will allow pediatricians to focus more on their office practices and improve satisfaction for outpatient care. He said Dr. Wang will also be a resource for newborns at Reid Health. “Having a readily available hospitalist means sick newborns can be treated sooner and this translates to better perinatal care and service.”

Dr. Wang agreed that his availability for newborns will be a great asset to the overall care provided to inpatient children of any age. He will work closely with primary care providers about any of their hospitalized patients, and “let them know exactly about their patient care plan.”


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, November 07, 2016 - 07:50 pm: Edit Post

Ivy Tech Community College Richmond Hosting Fundraising Event to Support Growing Agriculture Program

Richmond, Ind. - On December 16, Ivy Tech Community College will be hosting a fundraiser in support of an agriculture lab and greenhouse. Ivy Tech President Dr. Sue Ellspermann is the keynote speaker. Entertainment will include agriculture comedian Tim Moffett and bluegrass musician Wes Miller. The greenhouse will be added on to McDaniel Hall and existing classrooms will be remodeled to accommodate the agriculture lab.

The agriculture program’s dedicated lab and greenhouse is a high priority initiative for the Richmond campus. Paul and Pat Lingle recognize that agriculture is extremely important to the region’s economy and understand that local support is critical for ensuring the enrollment and program demand is sustained. The Lingle’s have contributed a major gift toward this project which will provide the naming of the Lingle Agriculture Lab and Greenhouse. Farm Credit Mid-America, Harvest Land Co-op, and First Bank Richmond are major sponsors for the event. We hope that you will join us in supporting this cause to benefit our students and our community.

The event will take place on December 16 from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM. It is being held at Forest Hills Country Club. Seating is limited and RSVP is required. If you are interested in attending the event or donating toward the project, please contact Callie Luthman by email at cluthman@ivytech.edu or by phone at 765-966-2656 x2347.


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