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By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 - 02:39 pm: Edit Post

Sneaking Vegetables Into Your Children's Meals
Supplied Flyer: Sneaking Vegetables Into Your Children's Meals
On Saturday, May 19th at 10:00 a.m., Zach Ziegler, Reid Health's Nutritionist, will present the program "Sneaking Vegetables in to your Children's Meals" at the Dwyer Community Center, 1417 North A Street, Richmond, IN 47374.

Call Birth to Five at 765.966.6080 to reserve your spot or "click" attend under Birth-to-Five Events on Facebook.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 - 02:31 pm: Edit Post

Indiana Children in Nature
Supplied Flyer: Indiana Children in Nature
On June 9th, drop in between 10-11 a.m. at the area NORTH of Building 203 on the State Hospital Grounds, 498 NW 18th Street, Richmond for this FREE event!

Children will make pretend binoculars to take on a hike while playing "Nature BINGO". Children will also plant a seed, receive a book to take home and have a snack.

Parents may park either on in the lot north of building 203 or in the lot beside the chapel south and across the road from building 203.

Sponsored by Birth to Five's Parents as Teachers program.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 - 01:46 pm: Edit Post

Senior Adult Ministry May Meeting

Gary Riggle, with Riggle Waltermann Funeral Home, will speak at the next meeting of the Senior Adult Ministry which will be held at 6 pm on Tuesday, May 29, at First United Methodist Church, 318 National Road West, Richmond, IN. Riggle will give a presentation on irreversible burial funds.

If you are 50 years old or older, please join us. Please bring finger foods to share.

New members are always welcome. Senior Adult Ministry is an active group of seniors open to all regardless of religious affiliation. The group meets monthly and future meetings will include picnics, musical programs and playing Putt Putt golf.

The group is guided by Pastor Judi Marshall, Clara Bulmer and Beverly Kirby. These three women actively share their gifts of ministry, hospitality and creativity in planning and organizing the meetings. For further information, call 765-962- 4357.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, May 14, 2018 - 09:19 pm: Edit Post

Local Artist, Jim McKinney Performing at MRL
Supplied Image: Postcard featuring Jim McKinney on Trombone
Jim McKinney, accompanied by Charles Ramsey, will perform at Morrisson-Reeves Library, 80 N. Sixth Street, Richmond, on Tuesday, May 15th at 6:30pm. Jim will discuss the use of trombone in jazz from the early 1900's to the present.

This event is free and open to the public.
Facebook Event Page:

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, May 01, 2018 - 02:54 pm: Edit Post

Observing the Stars Will Move to May 18

The Indiana University East School of Natural Science and Mathematics will host Observing the Stars from 9-11 p.m. on Friday, May 18, in the main drive to campus near Horizon Parkway and the Whitewater Hall parking lot.
Supplied Photo: The Whirlpool Galaxy is just one of the views star gazers might see during Observing the Stars at IU East on May 4. Photo by Wes Tobin and Ron Ennis.
The Whirlpool Galaxy is just one of the views star gazers might see during Observing the Stars at IU East on May 18. Photo by Wes Tobin and Ron Ennis.

The event is free and open to the public. This is a family-friendly event.

Wes Tobin, assistant professor of physics at IU East, is organizing Observing the Stars. He hopes that this event will lead to further opportunities throughout the summer. Ron Ennis, IU East Student and astronomy research assistant, and community member volunteer, Dan Engel, will also be available to answer questions.

Tobin said three telescopes will be available – a 6,” 8” and 16” diameters telescopes – to look at various astronomical objects. He encourages those interested in viewing the night sky to bring their curiosity and questions. He adds viewers can come and go throughout the evening, but the best views will be after 10 p.m.

If the night is clear, he expects participants to see open star clusters (such as Praesepe and M67), globular star clusters (such as M3, M5, M13 and M53), binary stars and galaxies (such as M81, Whirlpool, and Pinwheel).

“Near the end of the night, we’ll be able to see Jupiter and its moons Callisto, Ganymede, Io and Europa,” Tobin said. “In addition to observing through the telescopes, between observations, I will be giving a night sky tour, where I use an easy-to-see green laser pointer to point out various stars, constellations and maybe even discuss the stories behind them.

Tobin has led public observing programs since 2001. “I have enjoyed observing with telescopes since I was very young,” Tobin said. “I am always looking forward to passing on the enjoyment of observing the night sky to the general public or even the next generation.”

He has his Doctor of Education in Science from Ball State University and his M.S. in Astrophysics from Iowa State University.

“I have found that most people simply enjoy the beauty of the heavens and are taken aback by the scales and distances of the universe. For instance, seeing a distant galaxy and realizing that there are billions, perhaps hundreds of billions of stars in that galaxy … with a few million being somewhat similar to the Sun, and a handful of those may contain the correct ingredients and environment for extraterrestrial life,” Tobin said.

Due to weather predictions for this Friday, the Observing the Stars event will move to Friday, May 18, from 9-11 p.m. in the main drive to campus near Horizon Parkway and the Whitewater Hall parking lot. Updates can be found on the Astronomy at IU East Facebook page at

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By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, May 09, 2018 - 08:58 pm: Edit Post

New Health Center Opens in Downtown Richmond
Supplied Photo: Health Center Ribbon Cutting
Neighborhood Health Center celebrated its grand opening with a Richmond-Wayne County Chamber of Commerce ribbon-cutting Wednesday afternoon. The new not-for-profit corporation, provides family medicine, behavioral health care and dental services with fees based on family size and income.

Carrie Miles, Chief Executive Officer, shared “Our mission is to ‘promote health and wellness through access and affordability for all members of our community, especially those who need us most’,” Miles said. “The primary reason for creating the center is the many unmet healthcare needs that exist in our community,” Miles said. “Despite the best efforts of local healthcare providers, Wayne County continually ranks as one of the unhealthiest counties in Indiana. Wayne County is the top county in the state for children living below the poverty level and the need for behavioral health continues to rise annually. We look forward to working with all community partners to help meet the needs of our community and it is going to take a collaborative effort to improve the health of Wayne County.”

Providers include Teri Short, Nurse Practitioner, for family medicine. Short also serves as Clinical Director and has been instrumental in launching the center. Shannette Campbell, NP, and April Coffin, LCSW, will provide behavioral health services. Their existing patients will have the option to make the transition to Neighborhood Health Center.

Neighborhood Health Center offers on-site assistance with financial paperwork, transportation assistance and additional connections to community services. Short shared that “the expanded services and personalized care will be incredibly valuable for our patients as we help to improve their health and wellness. We have worked hard to bring as many services on site as possible in order for patients to access them more conveniently.” In the coming months, the center will begin accepting new patients. The Center will accept most insurance plans and work to add plans as the need arises.

The center is at 101 South 10th Street, the former location of Reid ENT. The clinic location was chosen carefully based on the availability of space, close proximity to the community need and access to public transportation.

Miles noted the economic landscape in our region has also created barriers for residents who are in need of health care services. “This is a quality of life issue for thousands of friends and neighbors who are currently without care or the ability to pay.” The center is governed by a board of directors made up of community members with a strong commitment for the health and well-being of Wayne County citizens and includes individuals who will be served by the center and represent the demographic factors of our patient population.

For more information, contact Carrie Miles at or by calling Neighborhood Health Center at 765-965-4299.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, May 14, 2018 - 08:47 pm: Edit Post

“Tiny Baby Girl Found in Woods”

Richmond, IN (May 14, 2018) -- She was meant to die but God performed a miracle and the infant who was left in a desolate, cold, and sodden woods was found in the nick of time.

Mary Ellen Cordell Donat and Mary Ellen Test Suey will read portions of their inspirational memoir Tiny Baby Girl Found in Woods at the Wayne County Tourism Bureau’s Welcome Center on Saturday, May 19 beginning at 11 am.

Following the reading, the two will be available to sign copies of the memoir until 2 pm. Readers may bring their own books or purchase the memoir at the Welcome Center, located at 5701 National Rd. E (near the IN/OH border).

The memoir’s title comes from a newspapers shocking front-page headline. In September, 1955, someone abandoned an infant, its umbilical cord still attached in a desolate woods near Boston, IN, obviously intending for it to die. Loosely wrapped in a worn towel, the baby is thought to have lain for up to five days in frigid rain before being found by hunters.

Donat and Suey have chosen to share this true story to give glory to God’s grace. The memoir goes beyond Suey’s cruel beginning to chronicle her life of miracles, tragedy and hope. It also includes Donat’s memories of her father Sheriff Corky Cordell, who first picked up the baby and named her Rose Wayne, then decades later helped Suey discover her origins.

Mary Ellen Cordell Donat is a native of Richmond, IN. She was three years old when her father, the county sheriff, first told her the story of a hunter finding a tiny baby under a tree in the woods. She heard this story, in more detail as she grew older, throughout her father’s life. She met the grown baby, Ellen Suey, in 2014. Mary Ellen is the author of the historical novel In the Shadow of Her Hat. She lives in Santa Fe, NM with her husband, Tom, and is currently writing another novel.

Mary Ellen (Ellen) Test Suey was born in or near Richmond, IN where she was abandoned as a newborn. At a very young age, Ellen was told that she was adopted and loved. It wasn’t until she was twenty-seven years old that she discovered why she had been adopted. Ellen is married and living in Southern California. She has two grown children and four grandchildren.

Tiny Baby Girl Found in Woods is available for purchase on, at the Wayne County Tourism Bureau, and the Western Wayne Historical Museum in Greens Fork, IN.

Donat’s historical novel, In the Shadow of Her Hat, is also available on and at the Wayne County Tourism Bureau.

For more information, please contact the Wayne County Tourism Bureau at 765-935-8687 or You can also find information on our Facebook page or our website,

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By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, May 09, 2018 - 03:48 pm: Edit Post

Wernle’s $3m New Administration Building Opens to Expand Community Outpatient Services in Richmond, Indiana.

Wernle Youth and Family Treatment Center, Richmond, IN to host Open House.

Wernle will host an Open House in celebration of the completion of its $3M administration building. The free event will be open to the public and will be held on Friday, May 18th with a ribbon cutting beginning at 6:00 pm and tours from 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm at Wernle’s campus (2000 Wernle Road).

This spring the Wernle campus has dramatically changed due to the completion of the new administration building. It will expand outpatient care facilities, provide new offices and training classrooms for staff and move the center of operations along Wernle Road to be more accessible to the community.

“We are excited to be able to open our doors to our community to showcase this state-of-the-art facility to ensure that hundreds of children can receive exemplary service. We appreciate the support of so many generous individuals, churches and businesses to make this expansion possible,” said CEO and President, Darrell Gordon.

The Community of Hope Campaign, which was led by Darrell Gordon, gave rise to the campus expansion. These and many other efforts led to him receiving the Sagamore of the Wabash Award in 2016, for his distinguished service. The award given by then-Governor Mike Pence is one of the highest honors bestowed by the State of Indiana.

The Grand Opening event was sponsored in part by Thor Construction, the general contractor, First Bank Richmond, McNamee Law Offices, LLC, Primex Plastics, Inc., Friends Office, Wetzel Auto, and Cates Auto.

The Open House for the community will take place on Friday, May 18th with a ribbon cutting beginning at 6:00 pm and tours from 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm. To rsvp email For more information contact Melanie Frazier, Director of Philanthropy at or by phone at 765-993-0041.

Wernle Youth & Family Treatment Center
Wernle Youth and Family Treatment Center was founded in 1879 as an orphanage for Lutheran children, but now serves as a home for children who are emotionally and behaviorally disturbed. Wernle’s mission: 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 is reflective of God’s love revealed in Jesus Christ.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, May 14, 2018 - 08:57 pm: Edit Post

Business Education Lunch: Mindfulness in the Workplace

Mindfulness in the work place; what does that look like and how can you achieve it. “Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally”. Mindfulness can strengthen and create neuropathways in the areas of the brain that promote more calmness and a variety of other positive changes that can be beneficial to our well-being.

About the Speaker: Jessica Sanford is an Indiana University undergraduate and graduate with a background in Social Work. She has spent over 18 years in the clinical field working as a therapist. The majority of her work was at a college counseling center but she has also had experiences at a private practice, hospital, and local schools. Jessica strives to provide competent, ethical, evidence-based, and person-centered services.

May 24, 2018 at 11:30 a.m. at the Innovation Center, 814 East Main Street, Richmond.

Event tickets are $5 for Chamber Members or $10 for Non-Chamber Members. If your organization is a Chamber member, then all employees have membership benefits.

Register online by clicking this link.

Business Education Lunch is sponsored by First Merchants Bank.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, May 14, 2018 - 09:16 pm: Edit Post

Richmond Shakespeare Festival to open its 2018 Summer Season with Macbeth and The Winter’s Tale by William Shakespeare

Vaulting ambition, murderous plots, scheming witches, jealous kings, and misplaced princesses are all on the menu as Richmond Shakespeare Festival prepares to serve up their 2018 season.

Presenting The Winter’s Tale and Macbeth as a dynamic pairing in rotating repertory, the productions will be created by a brilliant cast and crew of AEA and non-AEA professionals, college-age interns, and volunteers sourced from as nearby as Richmond, and Indianapolis, and as far away as Utah, Maine and New York.

It’s all a part of Producing Artistic Director Patrick Flick’s plan to bring the best talent possible to the heartland city of Richmond, Indiana. “We want this to be a destination theatre,” say Flick, “and the best way to do that is to develop a reputation for nothing but the finest quality in our productions – from the acting, to the directing, to the costumes, to the scenery, the lighting, and best of all, our unique Elizabethan Stage in the Whitewater Gorge Park – you’ll find nothing but the best Shakespeare the world has to offer right here in Indiana.”

Opening this summer’s Festival is The Winter’s Tale - Jealous King Leontes orders his Queen Hermione imprisoned and, (fearing she is not of his issue), his infant daughter to be abandoned in the wilderness. The Princess, Perdita is raised as a foundling by a kindly Shepherd. Sixteen years pass. Perdita meets kindly neighboring Prince Florizel, and they fall in love. Will they find happiness? Will the King have a change of heart? Will we ever see Queen Hermione again? Come see us this summer and find out! Directed by Miami University faculty member, Saffron Henke, The Winter’s Tale will bring a modern version of the story to life, juxtaposing a colder, stifling Sicilia, with a warmer, more open Bohemia.

Alternating performances with the same cast is Shakespeare’sMacbeth, and directed by University of Cincinnati Theatre Department faculty member, Susan Felder. Witches, vaulting ambition and unyielding desire are the driving factors that lead Lord and Lady Macbeth to weave a wild web of murder and deceit in their lust for ultimate power. In a delicious prophesy, a witch greets Macbeth with: “All hail, Macbeth, thou shalt be king hereafter!” Who could resist an offer like that? Come to Richmond to find out how the Macbeth’s deal with their newfound infamy.

With costumes designed by Denise Warner of the Orlando Shakespeare Theater, sets by Mickey White of Richmond, Indiana, and lighting by Garrett Bell of Purdue University, this season’s productions are designed to please.

Leading the company is Producing Artistic Director, Patrick Flick, (also Executive Director of the international Shakespeare Theatre Association). On visiting Richmond, he says “Anytime is a good time to come to Richmond, but the summer is really the best. Come see some of the only Shakespeare being produced right here in beautiful Wayne County. We’re an hour and change from Cincinnati and Indianapolis, and even closer to Dayton and other surrounding communities.”

The Festival performs in the Starr-Gennett Pavilion in the beautiful Whitewater Gorge Park at 201 S. First Street in Richmond Indiana. Tickets are available online at, or
by calling 765.373.9022.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 01:29 pm: Edit Post

1st Annual Townsend Community Center, Inc. Golf Outing
Supplied Flyer: 2018 Townsend Community Center Golf Outing

Townsend Community Center, Inc. will hold it's first annual golf outing on Saturday, May 19, 2018 at Winding Branch Golf Club, 2290 South Germantown Road, Cambridge City, IN.

There will be door prizes, putting contest, closest to the pin, longest putt and split the pot!

Cost is $240/team (limited to 25 teams). Also accepting hole sponsors ($50/sign) and door prizes. Donations accepted.

To register your team, call:
765.977.8604 Dr. Lucinda M. Wright
765.969.2375 Sharon Thomas
513.478.5638 Rancer Huntington
765.478.5638 Winding Branch Golf Club

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, May 10, 2018 - 02:45 pm: Edit Post

"Music at the Club" Returns for the Summer Season
Supplied Flyer: Music at the Club Dates
Starr-Gennett Foundation and Forest Hills Country Club are pleased to announce the return of “Music at the Club.”

Featured artists for these music and dancing events are Frank DeVito, Steve Mathews and Kevin McDonald. Forest Hills Country Club is located at 2169 South 23rd Street in Richmond, IN. There is a $10 cover charge at the door.

The doors will open at 6 p.m. with a cash bar and food available for order. The band will play from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The 2018 dates are: June 15, July 27, August 24, September 28, October 19.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, May 10, 2018 - 02:32 pm: Edit Post

May 2018 Singles Interaction Newsletter
Supplied Flyer: May 2018 Singles Interaction Newsletter
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, May 01, 2018 - 05:27 pm: Edit Post

Hurry! Hurry! Hurry! Ladies & gentlemen! Children of all ages! An Evening Under the Big Top
Supplied Poster: An Evening Under the Big Top
Get your tickets now to the first dinner theatre fundraiser for Richmond Civic Theatre! Featuring the first ever performance of the melodrama entitled, Curse of the Cirque or Let us get Right to the Point, written by RCT’s own, Donald Mellen. Gastronomical feasting provided by Fecher’s Panache. Adult beverages and libations available from the good people at Smiley’s Bar. Make your plans now to run away and join the circus June 2. Seating is limited! You will not want to miss this stupendous evening!

$50 covers your dinner and this fantastic, world-premiere show!! You can also become a sponsor for this FUN-draiser by going to

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 04:27 pm: Edit Post

Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne County Summer Programs
Supplied Flyer: 2018 Summer Programs for Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne County
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne County has a ton of great activities for kids for eight whole weeks of summer! Click the button below to get all the info you need in one place. Details available on their website at or call 765.962.6922.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, May 14, 2018 - 09:09 pm: Edit Post

Reid Health Receives ‘Primary Stroke Center’ Certification

Someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds in the United States — and survival and recovery depend on rapid, specific emergency treatment.

SuppliedPhoto: Jordan Raynor, M.D., neurologist
Jordan Raynor, M.D., neurologist

That’s why Reid Health sought and now has received certification as a Primary Stroke Center from the Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP), health system officials said. “We wanted to ensure patients have access to world class stroke care,” said Jordan Raynor, M.D., Reid neurologist and Stroke Medical Director. “While difficult for many hospitals to achieve, we are proud to have built a stroke response team that allows us to provide patients with access to therapies that are currently unavailable in many parts of the country.”

The certification also brings into play recently updated guidelines for care that, when implemented, are providing improvement in stroke survival. The process can help minimize or avoid long-term effects from what can be a deadly or debilitating health event. Dr. Raynor noted stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in the nation, and has historically also caused debilitating and life-changing damage to a person who survives.

Treatments have been developed in recent years that have greatly improved the outcomes for stroke patients, he said. “This is an exciting time for stroke. In the 1980s, no treatments were available. The focus was on diagnosis and prevention. Advancements in technology have allowed us to develop treatments once thought impossible.”

The key with stroke is recognizing signs and pursuing quick treatment. “From the emergency medical crew first at the scene, to the triage nurse who meets the patient in the emergency department and all the ensuing tests and lab work, the key is speed,” he said.

Dr. Raynor said the certification comes after almost two years of preparation involving numerous departments, extensive staff education on stroke awareness and adoption of the latest stroke treatment protocols from the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association.

“From the EMS first at the scene, to the triage nurse who meets the patient in the ED, to the CT technician quickly performing the CT scan, to the lab quickly performing the bloodwork, this certification shows that multiple different stroke team members at Reid hold themselves to a higher standard of stroke care,” Dr. Raynor said.

Supplied Photo: Craig Kinyon, Reid Health President/CEO
Craig Kinyon, Reid Health President/CEO

Craig Kinyon, Reid Health President/CEO, said the successful effort is a reflection of the health system’s ongoing dedication to quality and excellence. “Our focus is on improving patient outcomes when time is of the essence. Seeking the voluntary certification was a logical step in our historic dedication to always striving to improve and ensuring we provide the gold standard of care for any health issue. We always strive to be on the cutting edge of technology and processes to ensure care excellence for every health care situation.”

Sam Iden, M.D, emergency physician, noted that stroke is an extremely serious and dangerous health challenge. “Time is critical in stroke care,” he said. “Anyone experiencing stroke-like symptoms should go to the closest, most appropriate facility immediately.”

If that facility is Reid Health, the Stroke Center means the latest treatment protocols will be followed in rapid fashion, including — when appropriate — quick transfers to Comprehensive Stroke Centers with which transfer agreements have already been established.

“This certification, similar to our recent advances in trauma care, has put into place better efficiencies within the system to provide timely care to stroke patients,” Dr. Iden said.

Misti Foust-Cofield, Vice President/Chief Nursing Officer, said the certification “has aligned Reid to serve our community with the highest level stroke care and guide our patients and their families through this journey. From acute onset and intervention to a plethora of rehab needs, we will be able to care for stroke patients offering life-changing outcomes.”

Horia Draghiciu, M.D., medical director for Critical Care, said the certification “is a great accomplishment, and a logical step in our growth as a regional referral center. This program offers the ability to have these acutely ill patients evaluated and treated in the best and fastest possible fashion.” He noted the certification verifies that providers and ancillary staff are all versed in early recognition and prompt interventions of all aspects of acute stroke management.

The Reid Radiology team worked tirelessly for many months for their role in the certification. “As soon as a stroke alert is called, CT Scan department holds a room for that patient. The radiology team of technologists and radiologists are ready to assist the Emergency Department by providing imaging and results in 45 minutes or less from the time the patient arrives,” said Lisa Hicks, CT Supervisor.

Mary Alexander, Pharmacy Operations Manager, said her pharmacy team works closely “to make sure that when needed, clot dissolving medication, called tPA – which stands for tissue plasminogen activator — “is made and delivered to the patient’s bedside in minutes.”

Aaron Wasserman, M.D., emergency physician who worked with the team to help develop the new protocols for the flow of patients in emergency, noted “this certification verifies that we are meeting or exceeding all national guidelines for the treatment of stroke.”

“Reid Health clearly demonstrates a commitment to quality and patient safety,” said Lawrence Haspel, D.O., Chairman of the Bureau of Healthcare Facilities Accreditation for HFAP. “We base our decision on the findings of an extensive and thorough on-site review of the hospital against recognized national standards for patient safety, quality improvement, and environmental safety. Reid Health has earned the distinction of HFAP certification through its performance in successfully meeting those standards as a Primary Stroke Center.”

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, May 02, 2018 - 04:36 pm: Edit Post

Richmond's KIND.ARMY Awards over $700 for Acts of Kindness

New ideas being accepted for May funding cycle

Richmond’s KIND.ARMY project is brand new, but has already awarded over $700 to support acts of kindness in the city. Richmond resident Chris Hardie announced the initiative last month by setting aside funds and inviting local residents to submit their ideas for ways to spread kindness here.

"I like supporting people who bring ideas for community improvement out in the open and act on them,” Hardie said. “With the KIND.ARMY project, I’m looking to spark creative acts of kindness for the sake of spreading kindness itself.”

The KIND.ARMY website notes that up to $250 per month is available to help put a winning idea into action. It lists examples of acts of kindness that might serve as inspiration, and a simple form that people with ideas can fill out.

In an unexpected but pleasant surprise to Hardie, several other community members stepped forward after learning about the project and offered to contribute additional funds for the first round. Of the five ideas submitted in April, three of them will be funded with a total of $740.

According to the announcement on the project’s website, "a group of people who work hard to keep our city clean have a nice surprise coming their way, a project that will promote positive neighborhood interactions is about to launch a fun new phase, and an event will be popping up soon that aims to welcome parts of our community that don’t always feel welcome."

“It shows that there are generous people here looking for new and creative ways to build connection and pride in our community,” Hardie said. “I’m excited to see what ideas come out in the months ahead, and I hope they help us see a new and wonderful side of our neighbors."

Anyone interested in learning more about the project, submitting an idea, or volunteering in acts of kindness that other people organize can visit the project’s website at https://KIND.ARMY/

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, May 14, 2018 - 08:53 pm: Edit Post

‘Jack Edelman Cardiac Catheterization Center’ to Honor Late Philanthropist

Jack Edelman loved his community, was a veteran who served his country, and a generous mentor who gave much of his time and resources in his life to help others – especially for the cause of community health.
Supplied Photo: Jack and Debra Edelman
Jack and Debra Edelman

When Jack passed away in October 2017 at 92, his wife of 64 years, Debra, decided to do even more in his honor. With a gift of $1 million to Reid Health Foundation in honor of her late husband, the Edelman’s combined lifelong contributions reached $2.12 million – becoming the largest contribution ever received by the Foundation from individual donors.

“We are humbled and we are extremely grateful for Jack and Debra’s confidence in Reid,” said Randy Kirk, Reid Health Vice President/Foundation President, of the Edelman’s generosity. “Jack and Debra have never sought attention for their years of support that has helped Reid Health and the community in so many ways. Debra’s leadership with the Foundation board fueled our success with the New Reid capital campaign. Further, her many years co-chairing Art to Heart, a collaborative gala partnership with the Richmond Art Museum, brought one of the greatest fund-raising success stories to our community’s history.”

To commemorate the most recent gift, ceremonies in May will celebrate the renaming of the Reid Health Outpatient Cardiac Catheterization Center to the Jack Edelman Cardiac Catheterization Center. The outpatient cath lab is on the second floor of the Outpatient Care Center at 1100 Reid Parkway.

With a gift of $1 million to Reid Health Foundation in honor of her late husband, the Edelman’s combined lifelong contributions reached $2.12 million – becoming the largest contribution ever received by the Foundation from individual donors.

Kirk said the Edelmans have long supported the health care system’s mission and fund-raising efforts. Side by side, they were familiar faces at Reid Health Foundation events over the years.

“Jack and Debra have such a long history of commitment to their community and support for Reid’s mission to provide high quality care to the patients we serve,” Kirk said.

The Edelmans are founders of the Recycling Center, Inc. in Richmond and also owners of Franklin Iron & Metal Corp. in Dayton, OH. Debra Edelman served 18 years on the Foundation board, including as board chair in 2000 and 2001 when the health system began planning the construction and move to a new campus. “She was instrumental in leading the vision that resulted in a $46 million transfer of Foundation funds to help pay for the New Reid,” Kirk said.

After a serious illness suffered by Jack in 2004, the Edelmans became dedicated supporters of the project to build a replacement hospital. At the time, Debra Edelman cited “exemplary care” for her husband during a three-week hospital stay on the former Chester Boulevard campus. In that stay, however, they experienced some of the constraints of the former campus – small patient rooms, for example — that illustrated the need for an updated facility. As grateful patient and spouse, the experience prompted Jack and Debra to give $1 million toward the New Reid project in 2005.

As a result of their 2005 philanthropy, two areas of the campus already bear the family name – the Jack & Debra Edelman Board Room in the administration area, and the Israel “Izzy” Edelman Cardiac Center, a cardiac diagnostics area, in tribute to the memory of their late son Israel “Izzy” Edelman.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, May 08, 2018 - 06:25 pm: Edit Post

Student Research Day Awards

Student Research Day featured the work of students at Indiana University East on April 6. The presentations included independent scholarship from courses, independent studies, summer research programs, Honors Program projects and creative endeavors.

Award winners received $200 for first place, $150 for second and $100 for third. Winners this year were:

Oral Presenter Awards

Oral PresentationsSummer Research Scholars Presentations

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, May 01, 2018 - 03:39 pm: Edit Post

EAA Chapter 373 Brings Ford Tri-Motor to Richmond Airport
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The local Hagerstown EAA Chapter 373 is sponsoring the Ford Tri-Motor at the Richmond Municipal Airport May 24-27, 2018.

Recall the energy, passion, and excitement of the Roaring ’20s by flying aboard the Ford Tri-Motor. Known as the first luxury airliner, the Ford Tri-Motor redefined world travel and marked the beginning of commercial flight. Tickets to fly on this once in a lifetime aircraft are $70 for adults and $50 for children 17 and under. Walk up price increases to $75. All ticket proceeds support the Experimental Aircraft Association, a non-profit organization dedicated to sharing The Spirit of Aviation with everyone. Our tour stops are hosted by volunteers who are passionate about sharing the Ford Tri-Motor’s stories. Rides will be given on Thursday from 2-5 PM and Friday- Sunday from 9AM – 5 PM.

We invite families to visit and learn all about our aircraft and our organization. Viewing the aircraft is free, so be sure to bring your camera along. Questions? Call 877-952- 5395 or visit for more information or advanced ticket purchases.

Henry Ford mobilized millions of Americans and created a new market with his Model T “Tin Lizzie” automobile from 1909 to 1926. After World War I, he recognized the potential for mass air transportation. Ford’s Tri-Motor aircraft, nicknamed the “Tin Goose,” was designed to build another new market: airline travel. To overcome concerns of engine reliability, Ford specified three engines and added features for passenger comfort, such as an enclosed cabin. The first three Tri-Motors built seated the pilot in an open cockpit, as many pilots doubted a plane could be flown without the direct “feel of the wind.” From 1926 through 1933, Ford Motor Company built 199 Tri-Motors.

Liberty Aviation Museum’s 1928 Ford Tri-Motor 5-AT- B, serial No. 8, flew its first flight on December 1, 1928. It was sold to Transcontinental Air Transport (TAT, the logo that graces the aircraft’s fuselage today) in January 1929 where it became NC9645 and was named City of Wichita. It inaugurated westbound transcontinental commercial air service on July 7, 1929, with sister ship City of Columbus.

In April 1931, ownership of the aircraft was transferred to Transcontinental and Western Air (TWA). Here the aircraft helped in the development of TWA’s route system.

In July 1935, NC9645 was sold to G. Ruckstill and entered the fleet at Grand Canyon Airlines. From there the Tin Goose was sold to Boulder Dam Tours in February 1937, where it entered sightseeing air tour service. The Ford was registered AN-AAS with Transportes Aereos del Continente Americano (simply known as TACA Airlines) in Honduras in December 1937, where it stayed until 1942 when purchased by an unknown operator in Compeche, Mexico, and was reregistered as XA-FUB. The registration changed again in 1950 to XA-NET while under the ownership of another individual in Compeche.

1951 brought major overhaul and repairs for No. 8, including removal of the aircraft’s corrugated skin, which was replaced with flat sheet metal. This change earned the aircraft nickname “the smooth-skin Ford.” The Tri-Motor was sold to another private owner in July 1953 and was damaged in an accident in January 1954, after which it was put in storage.

Eugene Frank of Caldwell, Idaho, acquired the aircraft in 1955, moving it back to the U.S. and reregistering it as N58996. It remained in storage until July 1964, when it was purchased by Nevada’s William F. Harrah of Harrah’s Hotel and Casinos. Harrah returned the plane’s registration to NC9645 and began an extensive seven-year renovation, bringing the aircraft back to airworthy status and restoring the corrugated skin. The former smooth-skin Ford had its first post-restoration flight in 1971 and flew in Reno several times before being moved to static display as part of Harrah’s impressive automobile collection. After Harrah’s death, parts of his collection, including NC9645, were auctioned off in June 1986 to high bidder Gary Norton of Athol, Idaho. In February 1990, the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum in McMinnville, Oregon, acquired the aircraft. It remained in storage there until 1996 when another restoration of the aircraft started, returning it to flying
condition once again.

In 2014, the aircraft was acquired by Ed Patrick and the Liberty Aviation Museum in Port Clinton, Ohio. Volunteers ferried the aircraft across the country to its new home. After further maintenance to ensure the aircraft was tour-ready, Liberty entered into a lease agreement with EAA, working together to showcase the historic aircraft around the country.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, May 02, 2018 - 02:48 pm: Edit Post

Nettle Creek Players Return to Hagerstown

Tickets Now on Sale for 2018 Season of the Historic Summer Ten Theatre

Nettle Creek Players, a 501c3 not-for-profit arts organization, is now offering season ticket packages for its 2018 Summer Stock Tent Theatre Season featuring productions of “INTO THE WOODS,” “MASTER CAT,” “HOOSIER HARMONY,” and the NCP Young Actors Musical Theatre Workshop. Performances of INTO THE WOODS will be at 7:00pm on July 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28, August 2, 3 & 4 and at 5:00pm on July 15 with HOOSIER HARMONY at 5:00pm on July 22, 29 & August 5 and MASTER CAT at 11:00am on July 28 & August 4, 2018. The Workshop will be offered from July 24-August 3, 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 on Indiana State Highways 1 & 38. Tickets for INTO THE WOODS and HOOSIER HARMONY are $15 per person. Tickets for MASTER CAT are $5 per person. Season tickets for all three shows are $35. Tuition for the Workshop is $100 per student and scholarships are available. Season Tickets and workshop registration can be purchased at or at Facebook/NettleCreekPlayers. Single Tickets will be available in person at the Hagerstown Museum and the Jefferson Township Hagerstown Library in downtown Hagerstown and by phone at 765-312-2722 beginning June 1.

“INTO THE WOODS” by Stephen Sondheim takes everyone's favorite Brothers Grimm storybook characters and brings them together for a timeless, yet relevant, piece and a rare modern classic about wishes, family & the choices we make. “HOOSIER HARMONY” is a funny & heartwarming concert-style musical revue celebrating Indiana-born composers from Cole Porter, Hoagy Carmichael, Harry Von Tilzer & The Hoosier Hot Shots to John Mellencamp, Michael Jackson, John Hiatt & The Ink Spots. “MASTER CAT: THE STORY OF PUSS IN BOOTS” is a hilarious musical version of the classic tale about the innocent child of a dying Miller, who ends up with nothing of his father’s estate but his dear pet cat Puss who, with clever savvy & charm (and threats of clawing to pieces anyone who doesn’t do as he says) manages to aid his new master in achieving wealth & happiness.

The 2018 Nettle Creek Players Summer Stock Tent Theatre Season marks the historic organization’s second revival season following a return to downtown Hagerstown after an absence of almost 20 years. The program has been the hallmark of the organization since its founding in 1971. The “Summer Stock Tent Theatre” is one of only three remaining such programs in the country after what was, from the 1920’s through the 1970’s, a vibrant aspect of many smaller communities across the nation with hundreds of summer stock and dozens of tent theatres carrying on the traditions of “stock” theatre and even more historic “show wagons” that brought live entertainment into rural communities with limited access to live theatre and have been a fixture of the cultural life of America since early in the 19th Century. The project begins with recruiting and hiring a seasonal staff of professional and emerging professional actors, designers, directors and technicians to live in Hagerstown for several weeks in the summer while they rehearse and perform for the public a series of three different theatre pieces in repertory in a giant circus tent on Main Street in downtown Hagerstown. The shows include a traditional Broadway musical, a concert-style musical revue and a Family Theatre show for younger audiences. In addition to the plays and musicals, the actors also serve as teachers of a Young Actors Workshop which provides opportunities to area students ages 10-17 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 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.

For tickets and information visit and Facebook/NettleCreekPlayers or call 765-312-2722.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, May 07, 2018 - 07:06 pm: Edit Post

Ivy Tech Richmond to Celebrate Commencement on May 12th

Ivy Tech Community College will hold the 2018 Commencement on May 12 th to celebrate the graduation of 400 graduates with 575 credentials from its Richmond, Connersville and Rushville locations. The ceremony will begin at 1:30 p.m. at the Richmond High School Tiernan Center.

Ivy Tech Richmond Chancellor Chad Bolser will officiate Commencement and will be joined by Ivy Tech Senior Vice President and Provost Dr. Steve Tincher, Ivy Tech Vice President Academic Innovation and Support Dr. Kara Monroe as well as other Ivy Tech officials who will honor the 2018 graduates.

Graduating student Carolina Healton will give the graduate address. Carolina is earning an associate degree in general studies. Also participating in commencement this year will be six Connersville High School students who will be receiving technical certificates this year.

An Honorary Degree of Associate of Science in College and Community Service will be awarded this year to Kevin Ahaus, President of Ahaus Tool & Engineering. The Honorary Degree is awarded to individuals who demonstrate an outstanding contribution to the College, community and significant support of the College Foundation.

About Ivy Tech Community College
Ivy Tech Community College serves communities across Indiana, providing world-class education and driving economic transformation. It is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering high-value degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its communities, along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, May 10, 2018 - 02:40 pm: Edit Post

IU East Announces New Dean of Students

Amy Jarecki is the new dean of students at Indiana University East. She will begin July 1, 2018.

As the dean of students, Jarecki will assist students in all aspects of their college careers, ensuring access to needed resources, and facilitating the resolution of challenges students may encounter, both academic and non-academic.

Supplied Photo: Amy Jarecki

Jarecki began her career at IU East in January 2010 as the disability services coordinator. Currently, she is the associate director of Financial Aid and Scholarships at IU East. In that role, she counsels students and families concerning financial aid procedures, programs, and policies, as well as, determines students' eligibility for scholarships and Title IV programs.

Michelle Malott, executive vice chancellor for Academic Affairs, said Jarecki truly cares about students and has a strong commitment to their success at IU East.

"Amy’s experience working with students and families in the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships, her collaborative experiences with multiple offices on campus, and her ability to address issues in a fair and impartial manner are some of the many strengths she brings to this position,” Malott said. “I am looking forward to her continued good work on our campus in her new role as dean of students."

Malott added that she expresses her gratitude to Oniffe Grizzle, director of Institutional Research and Effectiveness and chair of the search committee, and the members of the search committee for their excellent work on this important search.

In addition to her work in the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships, Jarecki has previously held positions at IU East with the Twenty-first Century Scholars Program, Student Support Services, and the former Area 9 Agency.

“I am honored to serve as dean of students at Indiana University East,” Jarecki said. “The relationships I have developed with students, faculty, staff and the community drive my passion to create environments where students can be challenged academically while feeling supported as they navigate the role of being a student, in addition to their other life responsibilities.”

The dean of students is responsible for overseeing the student judicial conduct process, participating in decisions regarding satisfactory academic progress for students, providing guidance for students seeking to pursue academic or non-academic grievances, reviewing student conduct cases and determining discipline as necessary, and to act as a liaison for students. The dean of students also participates on campus committees and develops innovative ways to provide support as needed to students in online programs offered through IU East and through IU Online.

“My approach to the dean of students role is one of HOPE: a Holistic approach to Opportunity, Purpose, and Education. This overarching principle is the lens through which I gather data and information to make decisions and policies which reduce barriers and promote student success in both the on-campus and online environments,” Jarecki said.

Jarecki received her Master of Occupational Therapy from the University of Indianapolis and her Juris Doctor from Indiana University School of Law and her Bachelor of Science in Management from Indiana University.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, May 08, 2018 - 06:33 pm: Edit Post

IU East Announces New Faculty Member for Madison Campus

Richmond, Ind. – Gregg Romans, Aurora, Indiana, is the first full-time faculty member assigned to support Indiana University East’s Bachelor of Science in Business Administration program in Madison, Indiana.

IU East’s degree in business administration at Madison, offered in partnership with Ivy Tech Community College, originated in 2010. The program focuses on supporting the historical regional manufacturing sector. Students complete the program in 15 months.

Romans, visiting lecturer of business, was formerly the department chair for the Business and Accounting Division at Ivy Tech, Lawrenceburg. An expert in logistics management, Romans has a bachelor’s and master’s degree in business administration from Thomas More College. He is currently completing a Ph.D. in strategic management at Sullivan University, located in Louisville, Kentucky. In addition to his teaching experience with Ivy Tech, Romans has been an adjunct professor with IU East for the past seven years.

Prior to focusing on education, Romans enjoyed a long career in the steel industry. He served four years of active duty in the United States Air Force and 20 years in the Kentucky Air National Guard. Retired as a senior non-commissioned officer, his career was largely focused on the management of logistics.

IU East Dean for Southeastern IU Program Greg Braxton-Brown said, “We are thrilled to have Gregg join us full-time. He has worked with us for the past seven years adding substantial capacity to our programs. It is rare to find someone with excellent experience in manufacturing and teaching with advanced educational credentials.”

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, May 14, 2018 - 08:34 pm: Edit Post

Class of 2018 by the Numbers

The Class of 2018 received 831 diplomas during Indiana University East’s 47th Commencement Ceremony on May 11th at 6 p.m. at the Richmond High School Tiernan Center.

Of the degrees conferred, 801 are bachelor’s degrees and 30 are master’s degrees.
Supplied InfoGraphic: Class of 2018 by the Numbers
The Commencement Ceremony welcomed friends and families of graduates from near and far. IU East’s online degree completion programs are a popular option for students in the region as well as across the United States and beyond. The online degree completion programs offer the high quality of an Indiana University degree and the flexibility to fit studying around work and family schedules.

The attraction of the online degree completion programs brings a growing number of these students to Richmond, Indiana, each year to visit the campus and to attend the Commencement Ceremony. Of the total number of graduates, there are 62 Indiana counties represented, 29 states and 15 countries.

IU East hosted a luncheon for the online students attending Commencement to welcome those traveling from a distance on Friday, May 11, at the Student Events and Activities Center. Graduates will travel from California, Illinois, Michigan, New Mexico and New Jersey as well as from across Indiana and Ohio.

The Class of 2018 has many characteristics. A brief glance at the statistics and figures provides a look at the graduates joining over 10,000 IU East alumni.

If sorting graduates by age, those who are 23 and younger compose 24.5 percent of the Class of 2018. Graduates ages 23-29 represent 35.9 percent of the class while those 30 and over compose 39.6 percent. Within the Class of 2018, 27 undergraduate students earned a 4.0 GPA.

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By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, May 01, 2018 - 02:45 pm: Edit Post

Indiana Department of Workforce Development Awards $1.28 Million Grant to the ELITE Network

The Indiana Department of Workforce Development’s Skill Up Indiana! Program has awarded the ELITE Network a $1.28 Million Grant. ELITE stands for Employer Led Innovative Training Experience. The grant will be used by the ELITE Network to enact their strategies in one of the single largest Skill Up Round 3 awards. Employers involved represent manufacturing and healthcare and have committed to adopting innovative workforce development strategies that will help develop, retain and improve the opportunities in those sectors. Strategies will include co-ops and internships for students, work-based learning strategies and new approaches to apprenticeships.

The ELITE Network asked Ivy Tech Community College to be its intermediary and to help coordinate the application efforts. The application involved seven counties (Randolph, Wayne, Union, Fayette, Henry, Rush and Shelby). Employers involved represent manufacturing and healthcare.

Kim Thurlow, Ivy Tech Workforce Consultant in Richmond, helped coordinate the application. "This is so humbling. The agency partners and employers engaged in this process have been so creative. They realize we have to do something different in East Central Indiana to improve long term impacts for our workforce, and our communities. I'm excited to see their ideas implemented and to be a part of the effort."

Employer partners involved include: Blue Buffalo, Emerson Climate Technologies, Trane / Ingersoll Rand, Henry County Community Health, NSK Corporation, Primex Plastics, Stant Corporation, Magna Machine & Tool, Reid Health, TOA Winchester, Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Nixon Tool, Rush Memorial Hospital, Fayette Regional Health and Major Health Partners.

Chad Bolser, Chancellor of Ivy Tech Richmond adds “We are so pleased to have a team that is committed to addressing specific needs in our workforce. Our Workforce Alignment team at Ivy Tech Richmond does a wonderful job of collaborating with key partners to help address the critical economic development issue in this area. The Skill Up Grant will enhance an already strong network of communities that will attempt to address our workforce issues in creative ways. We look forward to seeing the results of this work in the communities we serve.”

The Economic Development officials in Fayette, Henry, Randolph, Rush, Shelby, Union and Wayne Counties jointly stated, “The Skill Up award allows local communities to support ELITE network employers with talent solutions. Linking our efforts together, we are pleased to serve as a spearheading partner for this grant and realize that collectively we can move our region forward.”

About the Indiana Department of Workforce Development
The DWD serves the worker and the employer to ensure workplace success. DWD is committed to innovating and invigorating Indiana’s economic future by providing WorkOne Career Centers, Unemployment Insurance, Labor Market Information, Regional Workforce Strategies and Professional Training. Through these services, DWD is able to develop a premier workforce that enables Indiana employers to flourish and entices businesses from outside our state to relocate to Indiana.

About Ivy Tech Community College
Ivy Tech Community College serves communities across Indiana, providing world-class education and driving economic transformation. It is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering high-value degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its communities, along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, May 02, 2018 - 02:51 pm: Edit Post

Faculty Member Receives Quality Matters Certification for Education Course

The Office of Academic Affairs and the Center for Teaching and Learning congratulates Jamie Buffington-Adams, assistant dean for the School of Education and assistant professor, for earning a Quality Matters Certification for her online course, Education of the Socially and Emotionally Disturbed (EDUC-K343). Her course is the first at Indiana University East to earn official Quality Matters certification.
Supplied Photo: Jamie Buffington-Adams
Jamie Buffington-Adams

Quality Matters (QM) is a nonprofit organization that provides the gold standard for certifying the quality of online courses and programs. During the QM process, courses are reviewed by a team of three faculty members with current experience in teaching online. The review team uses the QM Rubric for Higher Education, which includes 43 specific review standards.

David Becker, Quality Matters course review manager for the IU system, notes that “in order to be successful, the course must meet all 21 essential standards and earn 85 percent of the total possible points. Dr. Buffington-Adams’s course exceeded these requirements."

Jerry Wilde, dean of the School of Education, said, “Dr. Buffington-Adams has been a leader in online instruction since she arrived on the IU East campus. The faculty in the School of Education rely on her expertise, so it comes as no surprise that she has earned this distinction."

In addition to her role in online course development, Buffington-Adams serves as a QM peer reviewer for online courses on and off campus.

Buffington-Adams' QM certification is an important milestone for IU East. As TJ Rivard, associate vice chancellor for Academic Affairs, said, “IU East has been a leader in online education since the 90s, offering some of the first online courses in the state and developing some of the first online degree programs as well. Dr. Buffington-Adams’ accomplishment in receiving QM certification continues that leadership for us.”

IU East offers a large number of online courses and online degree programs, serving students from a number of states and internationally.

IU East’s online degree programs offer an Indiana University degree to students throughout Indiana, nationally and internationally. IU East offers 11 options for students to complete their bachelor’s degree online in English with an emphasis in Technical and Professional Writing, Mathematics, Natural Science and Mathematics with a Mathematics Concentration, Communication Studies, Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Political Science, Psychology, General Studies, and an RN to BSN Mobility Option. IU East also offers a Graduate Certificate in Composition Studies and a Graduate Certificate in Mathematics. For more information on IU East's online degree completion programs, visit

The administration, faculty, and staff of IU East are dedicated to offering students a high-quality education. QM certification offers just one example of how faculty are working to ensure the quality of online courses offered at IU East.

Michelle Malott, executive vice chancellor for Academic Affairs, said,“I applaud Dr. Buffington-Adams for her accomplishment and very much appreciate her leadership in online instruction. Associate Vice Chancellor Rivard and myself both recognize the importance of this recognition for the campus as we try to stay competitive with the ever increasing number of programs in the world of online education. It will be important for as many of our courses as possible to become QM certified, and we look forward to many more faculty taking their online courses through this process.”

For more information on IU East's Center for Teaching and Learning, visit, or the School of Education, visit

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, May 08, 2018 - 06:31 pm: Edit Post

Ohio Camping Resort Goes High Tech to Reach Campers

Natural Springs Resort launches new website, video teaser, and 360 video tours

NEW PARIS, OH May 7, 2018 - Camping has gone mainstream with over 6 million new campers in North America since 2014. This next generation of camper is demanding a different experience when it comes to finding their next vacation destination. Natural Springs Resort in Ohio is being proactive in providing the information these guests desire with an updated website, video tour and 360 interactive videos.

"We have seen a dramatic change in what our potential guests ask us when considering our park," stated Steve Adams, general Manager of Natural Springs Resort, "they are not content with printed directory information. Instead they want to see, interact with, and pick their experience at booking." Natural Springs Resort has enabled this experience by integrating the latest technologies in digital marketing.

Natural Springs Resort is an early adopter in the rapidly changing landscape of outdoor destination marketing. Digital marketing technologies such as mobile friendly websites, professionally produced video tours and 360 virtual video tours are combining to reduce the uncertainty inherent in travel and make the consumer traveler experience more enjoyable.

"We have seen client online reservations increase by as much as 107% after they implemented our digital marketing tools." added Mark Koep, Founder and CEO of "Natural Springs Resort is already showing massive early gains with their website visits up 36% in the first 2 weeks alone."

Natural Springs Resort is a unique location that most guests need to see to believe. Mr. Adams added, "our spring fed lake is incredibly popular with scuba divers who can train, certify and practice right here in Ohio." In addition the resort has a swim beach and water play features open to guests to enjoy. "We find that even locals are shocked at everything we have to offer. By making it easier for travelers to find, see and book a visit to our park we are reaching that next generation of camper."

The updated website, video teaser, and 360 virtual video tour can be found on the company's website using the following url:

About Natural Springs Resort: The Place for Family Fun Natural Springs Resort in New Paris Ohio is located close to Interstate 70 near the Indiana/ Ohio border not far from Indianapolis or Dayton. The unique family friendly resort is situated around a crystal clear fresh water lake. Guests can enjoy a day at the beach, swimming in the water, catching rays on the beach, fishing from shore (or a boat), scuba diving, sliding down the water slides, swimming in the pool, playing mini-golf or exploring the well kept grounds. RV park and campground guests enjoy a range of campsite options including full hookup pull thru, full hookup backin, wonderful tent sites and well equipped cabins.

About invites you to look where you're going! Find and tour RV parks and campgrounds across the US. 3,059 videos, 27,836 photos, 15,850 parks. The company is a leader in the development of 360 VR tours and the use of the technology to get people outside.

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