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By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 06:14 pm: Edit Post

Lesotho Nutrition Initiative - Meal Packing Event
Supplied Flyer: Meal Packing Event
As part of a "Day of Service" on Monday, February 26, 2018, Ivy Tech Community College invites the community to join students and staff to pack meals as as part of the Lesotho Nutrition Initiative.

These meals will be sent to Lesotho, a small African nation. Lesotho is one of the poorest countries in the world, and because of poor soil, erosion, and climate, they can only produce 10% of the food they need. Only 11 % of the children in Lesotho are receiving the proper nutrition needed for normal growth & development.

Students, staff, and community members may volunteer to help assemble meal packets. All materials & equipment are provided for this event by the Lesotho Nutrition Initiative, a non-profit organization run by Wittenberg University students and staff. Our goal for the day is to pack 25,000 meals for the children and families of Lesotho.

Here is a short video about the Lesotho Nutrition Initiative:

To register for this event contact Nancy Fort at

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, February 05, 2018 - 03:22 pm: Edit Post

Seton Catholic Schools Information Fair
Supplied Flyer: Information Fair 2018
Want to know more about admissions at Seton Catholic Schools? Attend the Information Fair on Thursday, February 15, 2018 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Seton Catholic High School, 233 South 5th Street, Richmond, Indiana.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, February 01, 2018 - 09:29 pm: Edit Post

Ivy Tech Community College Invites the Community to See the Movie: Marshall

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion at the Ivy Tech Community College Richmond Campus will host a free screening of the movie Marshall in honor of Black History Month. The public is invited to join students, faculty, and staff in Johnson Hall at Stidham Auditorium on Wednesday, February 21 at 6 p.m. Johnson Hall is located at 2357 Chester Blvd, Richmond, IN 47374.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 - 01:25 pm: Edit Post

Reid Health Ranks High in State, Nation for Organ Donor Awareness

State ranks sixth out of 50 states for total number of honors in national campaign

Reid Health is one of only four hospital systems in the Indianapolis area and one of 14 in the state that has been recognized as among the top in the nation for organ donor awareness.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration recognized the 14 Hoosier hospitals with the nation’s highest award for success in promoting organ, tissue and eye donation and transplantation services. The U.S. Workplace Partnership for Life (WPFL) hospital campaign was created in 2011 to improve the commitment to organ donation education among employees, members, and customers of the country’s health care systems and centers. In 2017, the Indianapolis area facilities that earned the campaign’s recognition of Platinum Level Award Winner besides Reid Health included Franciscan Health Indianapolis, IU Health Methodist and IU Health University Hospital.

“The more we can do to educate our communities translates to more lives we can save through donation and transplantation,” said Kellie Hanner, Indiana Donor Network president and chief executive officer. “Indiana Donor Network is pleased to partner with Reid Health on this important mission and is grateful for all they do every day of the year.”

With small and rural facilities and large health systems in Indiana participating in the 2017 WPFL Hospital Campaign, the state ranked sixth in the country for its overall number of campaign honors with 41 Hoosier hospitals earning Gold, Silver, or Bronze level recognition, and 14 facilities achieving Platinum status for their work conducting donation awareness and registry activities in their facilities and communities.

New Indiana registrants secured during WPFL were among the nationwide group of close to 30,000 new donors who added their names to the country’s state registries over a seven-month period, bringing the total national donor registrations added through the campaign to 419,102 since its inception.

For more information about Indiana Donor Network or to register a decision to become a donor, visit Indiana Donor Network is one of 58 designated organ recovery organizations in the United States and coordinates organ, tissue and eye donation throughout the state. Indiana Donor Network is devoted to public education about donation and transplantation with the goal of saving and enhancing more lives. For more information about Indiana Donor Network or to register your decision to become a donor, visit

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, February 05, 2018 - 03:18 pm: Edit Post

Financing a Catholic Education
Supplied Flyer: Financing a Catholic Education
Have you ever wondered how you could ever afford to send your children to Catholic School? It may be more possible than you have always thought!

Attend the Financing a Catholic Education session on February 15, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. at Seton Catholic High School, 233 South 5th Street, Richmond, IN.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, February 05, 2018 - 04:18 pm: Edit Post

Morrisson-Reeves Library Hosts Black History Month Events
Supplied Flyer: Black History Month at MRL
Morrisson-Reeves Library, 80 North Sixth Street, Richmond, will host the following events for Black History Month:

For more information, call MRL at 765.966.8291.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, February 08, 2018 - 01:41 pm: Edit Post

Business Innovation Series Presents - “Shop Floor Analytics: Prepping for Performance”
Supplied Flyer: Shop Floor Analytics: Prep for Performance
Did you know you can turn graphics into growth? The Innovation Center invites businesses of all sizes to learn from Bruce Henry, Managing Partner of False Peak Ventures, LLC about how to leverage your greatest asset: organizational data.

Save the date: On Tuesday, February 20th from 11:30am-12:30pm, you will explore how leading manufacturers are harnessing their data visualization and advanced analytics to make better decisions, faster and maximize profits. Tickets on sale now!

The lunch and learn will address topics including:

Bruce Henry is the Managing Partner of False Peak Ventures, LLC, an analytics and business intelligence consulting firm. He has spent over 25 years working with manufacturers to drive operational improvements and use data to help organizations grow and maximize profits.

Tickets are available now, on sale for $10.00 until February 13 th , after when they will be available for general admission price at $15.00. Purchase tickets online at

This event is made possible by US Bank and Purdue Polytechnic Richmond and is hosted at The Innovation Center located at 814 East Main St., Richmond, IN 47374.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, February 05, 2018 - 02:50 pm: Edit Post

IU East to host Black History Month Lecture Series

Indiana University East will offer a lecture series in celebration of Black History Month. Events are free and open to the public.

The first lecture will be held at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 6, in the Nasser Paydar Classroom located in the Student Events Center. Cal Simpson, faculty in marketing and lecturer in management for the IU East School of Business and Economics, will present, “Blackenomics: Entrepreneurship in the Black Community.”

Additional workshops will be held on Feb. 15, Feb. 22, and Feb. 26.

Latishea Varnesdeel, chief diversity officer, said the lecture series will include workshops on entrepreneurship, investing, minorities in athletics, and health. Students in the IU East School of Nursing and Health Sciences will offer a mini clinic following the health lecture.

“I hope that the IU East campus and community is able to attend our Black History Month Series,” Varnesdeel said. “Come join us and find ways to improve your life in several areas.”

Black History Month Lecture Series

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, January 11, 2018 - 06:10 pm: Edit Post

Free TAX Service at MRL
Supplied Flyer: Free Tax Service at MRL
Free tax assistance provided by AARP Tax-Aide volunteers is available at Morrisson-Reeves Library starting on January 31st. Offered every Wednesday through April 11th. The Tax services including: Indiana State and Federal tax form preparation with electronic filing.

The tax service starts at 10:00AM and ends at 3:30PM with the last appointment taken at 2:30pm. This free is provided on a first come, first serve basis. This service is open to Indiana Residents.

Special Insider Tip! A sign-up sheet for service will be placed outside of the library’s front door at 8:00AM on tax service days. Spots fill very quickly and a line typically forms by 7:15 in the morning!

For further details, contact the library at 765-966-8291 or online at

Facebook Event:

It will be necessary to bring the following items in order to be properly served:

Individuals with tax returns that are deemed too complicated will be referred to a tax professional.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, February 07, 2018 - 02:21 pm: Edit Post

Auxiliary donates more than $200,000 to Reid Health Foundation
Supplied Photo: Reid Health Vice President/Foundation President Randy Kirk with the Auxiliary “check.”
Reid Health Vice President/Foundation President Randy Kirk with the Auxiliary “check.”

Reid Health Auxiliary’s recent contribution to Reid Health Foundation of $201,146 was among its largest annual donations, according to David Garman, 2018 Auxiliary Board President.

The Auxiliary raises funds for the Foundation year-round with various special sales and also from proceeds in the Ginkgo Boutique, the hospital gift shop. The funds are used to support patient care at Reid Health, including funding technology and many other programs supported by the Foundation. Past donations have funded, for example, technology for patient care, the green roof that was installed over a portion of the main campus, the grand piano in the atrium and campus artwork.

“Our Auxiliary is a huge asset for our health system and more importantly, our patients,” said Randy Kirk, Reid Health Vice President/Foundation President. “And the dollars provided through this annual donation do not include the immeasurable value of thousands of volunteer hours also given by our volunteers.”

New officers for 2018, besides Garman, include John Herig, president-elect; Penny Frank, treasurer; Elsie Bragg, assistant treasurer; Max Bennett, recording secretary; Sheri Barfield, assistant recording secretary; and Patsy Goble, corresponding secretary.

Auxiliary volunteers have been in service at Reid since 1948, and donate time to departments across the health system. Approximately 300 volunteers are active in various departments.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 - 01:53 pm: Edit Post

INDOT Hosting Meetings to Update Public on ADA Transition Plan

INDIANAPOLIS - The Indiana Department of Transportation today announced two upcoming public meetings to discuss INDOT's Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) transition plan. Members of the ADA Community Advisory Working Group and the public will have the opportunity to provide information and recommendations regarding INDOT’s ADA Transition Plan and provide input to INDOT on how to improve accessibility to all INDOT programs and facilities. This includes efforts to increase the public involvement of persons with disabilities in transportation planning.

The first meeting will be held Thursday, February 22 from 10 a.m. to noon ET. The second meeting will be Thursday, March 22 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. ET. Both meetings will be held in the Indiana Government Center South Conference Center, 302 W. Washington Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204. Both meetings can be attended online at

INDOT’s ADA Transition Plan examines current facilities and services for barriers to access for persons with disabilities. INDOT uses this plan to quantify and prioritize changes that will bring its programs and practices into compliance with Title II of the ADA, Section 504 of the Vocational Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and all related statutes, regulations and directives. The current document (being revised and updated for 2018) is available for review in Microsoft Word and PDF format on INDOT’s website under "Accessibility & Non-Discrimination" at

In accordance with the “Americans with Disabilities Act”, persons with disabilities requiring assistance and/or accommodation related to the accessibility to project documents and participation at the public hearing venue, are encouraged to contact Rickie Clark, INDOT Office of Public Involvement at (317) 232-6601

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, February 01, 2018 - 09:44 pm: Edit Post

IU East School of Education Announces First Minority Scholarship Recipient

Elizabeth “Elly” Huereca is the first undergraduate student to receive the Indiana University East School of Education Minority Scholarship.

Huereca of Fountain City, Indiana, is a junior elementary education major. She moved from Palmdale, California, to the area in 2011 to pursue her degree.

"I am honored to be a recipient of the Minority Scholarship,” Huereca said. “This award is important to me because not only does it help me with school costs, but it also shows how IU East values and recognizes the importance of minority students in the education program."

Supplied Photo: Elly Huereca
Elly Huereca

The School of Education is committed to promoting diversity within its student body and in the region’s local schools. Research suggests that increasing the number of highly effective minority teachers is one of the ways to close the achievement gap that currently exists.

The School of Education raised funds for the scholarship through the IU East Campus Campaign for the creation of scholarships for minority teacher education students. Gifts from the scholarship help to support undergraduate scholarships for students in the School of Education.

“The School of Education Minority Scholarship fund was established to support talented pre-service teachers who are from under-represented groups,” said Jerry Wilde, dean of the School of Education at IU East. “Currently, only about 17 percent of teachers nationwide are people of color. Research strongly suggests that all students benefit from a diverse pool of teachers. IU East is committed to supporting the effort to increase the diversity of educators in service region and beyond.”

IU East’s School of Education offers a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education. The school also offers a Transition to Teaching program which supports qualified individuals who want to transition from a career outside of education into being a licensed teacher. At the graduate level, the school also offers a Master of Science in Education.

For more information, contact the IU East School of Education at (765) 973-8224.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 - 07:29 pm: Edit Post

Fostering the Future
Flyer: Fostering the Future
Have you ever considered becoming a foster parent? There's a child hoping for someone just like you. Attend this information session on March 24th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Lingle Hall, Reid Hospital, 1100 Reid Parkway, Richmond.

Information booths from local service providers, as well as snacks and giveaways. Foster Parent panel and Information Session at 11:30 a.m.

For more information, call Candra Ramsey at 765.960.0988.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - 03:11 pm: Edit Post

IU East to Host Legislative Forums

Indiana University East will host two Legislative Forums to provide an opportunity for the community to have an in-person discussion with Senator Jeff Raatz and Representatives Tom Saunders and Dick Hamm. The forums are free and open to the public.

The first forum will be held from 8-9 a.m. on Friday, February 23, in the Whitewater Hall Lobby. The next forum will also be held from 8-9 a.m. in the lobby on Friday, March 23.

During the Legislative Forums, each elected official will give opening remarks on the 2018 session of the Indiana General Assembly and any legislation of interest. The forum will then be opened for a question-and-answer period with the audience, moderated by Mengie Parker, associate dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences.

For more information, contact Terry Wiesehan, IU East director of Alumni Relations and Campus Events, at (765) 973-8221 or email

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, February 08, 2018 - 02:26 pm: Edit Post

Nettle Creek Players Holds Local Auditions for Summer Season

Historic Hagerstown Tent Theater Will Perform "Into the Woods"

Nettle Creek Players, a professional summer stock tent theatre located in Hagerstown, Indiana, will hold auditions for their 2018 Summer Season on Saturday, March 24 from 10am-2pm at The Wilkinson Theatre at Earlham College, 801 National Road West, Richmond, Indiana.

To schedule an audition, actors should email and request an appointment. Video submissions will also be accepted prior to March 24 at that same email address.

The season includes Into The Woods, Master Cat: The Story of Puss in Boots and a musical revue called Hoosier Harmony.

There are some roles available for both adult and high school-aged performers. Actor contracts will include a performance stipend, and there will be stage management, internship and educational opportunities available as well.

The season will run from June 25 to August 5.

Hagerstown is located one hour east of Indianapolis just off of Interstate 70. Actors will be asked to provide a photo and resume and prepare 90 seconds of material including one comic monologue and one song in the style of traditional Broadway musicals. An accompanist will be provided. There are also positions available in stage management and other technical areas. Those interested in technical theatre should also request an audition time and prepare for a brief interview. All auditions and interviews will be conducted by Artistic Director Darrin Murrell. More information about the company can be found at

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - 03:38 pm: Edit Post

Singles Interaction Newsletter for February 2018
Supplied Flyer: 2-18 Newsletter for Singles Interaction
If you are 21 years of age or older, single, divorced, widow, or widower, Single Interaction, Inc. invites you to join them on Friday Nights. Come and meet other single people in the Richmond area. Come, socialize, dance, and have a good time. $6.00 donation at the door. For more information, call 765.993.5023.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, January 23, 2018 - 04:17 pm: Edit Post

School of Business and Economics Begins Spring Speaker Series February 12

Indiana University East’s School of Business and Economics will offer the Spring Speaker Series beginning February 12.

Discussions will begin at 4 p.m. and will be held in Tom Raper Hall, Room 124. The series is free and open to the public.

The spring series features three speakers, each focusing on a different economic topic. Speakers include Joshua C. Hall, Angela Dills and David R. Henderson.

Monday, February 12
Supplied Photo: Joshua Hall
Joshua Hall
Joshua C. Hall is an associate professor of economics and director of the Center for Free Enterprise in the College of Business and Economics at West Virginia University. He will present "Economic Freedom and Well Being: What is the Relationship?".

He will discuss what is economic freedom, how it can be measured and why it is important to measure it. A large number of articles in economics, political science, and forestry consistently find that more economic freedom is associated with good outcomes: higher incomes, better health, and better environment. There are a few exceptions.

Hall earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in economics from Ohio University and his Ph.D. from West Virginia University in 2007. Prior to returning to his alma mater, he was the Elbert H. Neese, Jr. Professor of Economics at Beloit College. Hall is a past president of the Association of Private Enterprise Education and is also a senior fellow at the Fraser Institute. He has authored over 100 articles in journals such as Public Choice, Contemporary Economic Policy, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Public Finance Review, Southern Economic Journal, and the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory.

Tuesday, March 20
Supplied Photo: Angela Dills
Angela Dills
Angela Dills is the Gimelstob-Landry Distinguished Professor of Regional Economic Development at Western Carolina University. She will present "Equal Pay for Equal Work?". Women earn 80 cents for every dollar a typical man earns.

Dills describes a variety of potential explanations and the empirical evidence for each. A detailed understanding of what's behind the pay gap can help us close it.

Dills received a B.A. from the University of Virginia and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Boston University. She previously held faculty positions at Clemson University, Mercer University, Wellesley College and Providence College. Specializing in the economics of education, crime, and health, her research focuses on policy issues such as school choice, accountability, peer effects, college quality, and alcohol and drug prohibition. This research has appeared in journals such as the Journal of Health Economics, Economic Inquiry, the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, and the Economics of Education Review. She lives in Franklin, North Carolina, with her economist-husband and three children.

Wednesday April 18
Supplied Photo: David R. Henderson
David R. Henderson
David R. Henderson is an emeritus professor of Economics at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey and a research fellow with Stanford University’s Hoover Institution. He will present "How Economists Helped End the Draft".

From 1948 to the late 1960s, most Americans took for granted that military conscription was here to stay. And almost everyone thought that a partially drafted military was cheaper than an all-volunteer force. In the late 1960s, economists pointed out that the draft was actually more expensive. The story about how economists changed thinking on the draft and, in doing so, helped end it will be presented.

Henderson was previously a senior economist with President Reagan's Council of Economic Advisers. Henderson is the editor of The Concise Encyclopedia of Economics, author of The Joy of Freedom: An Economist’s Odyssey and co-author of Making Great Decisions in Business and Life. He has written over 300 articles for the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Fortune, Los Angeles Times, Reason, and other publications. He has testified before the House Ways and Means Committee, the Senate Armed Services Committee, and the Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources. He has appeared on C-SPAN, CNN, PBS, the John Stossel show, the O’Reilly Factor, MSNBC, NPR, CBC, RT, and the BBC. He was born and raised in Canada before coming to the United States in 1972 to get his Ph.D. at UCLA.

For more information on the speaker series, contact Feler Bose, associate professor of Economics and Finance, at

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