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IU East Presents Degree to Rajeev Ram

Posted December 18, 2018

Supplied Photo: Michelle Malott, executive vice chancellor for Academic Affairs, presents Rajeev Ram with his Bachelor of General Studies degree. Michelle Malott, executive vice chancellor for Academic Affairs, presents Rajeev Ram with his Bachelor of General Studies degree.

Rajeev Ram was presented with his Bachelor of General Studies degree with a concentration in humanities and social sciences at Indiana University East on Saturday, December 15.

Ram is the first ATP player to receive his degree from IU East. He was also the first ATP player to enroll at IU East under the educational agreement, providing several options for players to complete their degree online. The ATP is the governing body of the men's professional tennis circuits - the ATP Tour, the ATP Challenger Tour and the ATP Champions Tour.

Ram is from Carmel, Indiana. He graduated from Carmel High School before he went on to play tennis at the University of Illinois for one semester in 2003. In 2004, he started playing tennis professionally.

"A college degree has always been a goal of mine. Even when I decided to leave college early to start playing on tour, I knew it was always something I wanted to come back and finish," Ram said. "I decided to pursue my degree because I know my athletic career is not going to last forever. This degree will just help me open doors so I have more options in my future."

Executive Vice Chancellor Michelle Malott said it was an honor to present the degree to Ram.

"I am very happy for Rajeev and I'm very pleased that he chose to attend IU East," Malott said. "The decision for professional tennis players to enroll in our online programs is is a testament to how our faculty and staff serve students. It further demonstrates how we've become a campus of choice and we are honored to host Rajeev and help him celebrate this achievement."

ATP Chief Player Officer Ross Hutchins said, "To achieve this whilst competing week in and out at the highest levels of the sport is a fantastic accomplishment, and we at ATP commend him. As our first successful graduate since the partnership between ATP and Indiana University East began, we are very proud Rajeev has led the way and look forward to more player members to follow suit. Well done, Rajeev!"

Molly Vanderpool, executive director of Student Recruitment and Transitions, said this degree presentation was special because Ram is a fellow Hoosier and the first from the ATP to receive his degree from IU East.

"We are so excited about our first graduate through the ATP and IU East partnership, especially since Rajeev is a native of the state of Indiana," Vanderpool said. "Rajeev and our ATP players are dedicated students who work hard while continuing to play professionally."

Ram enrolled at IU East in fall 2015.

"I have to give a lot of credit to my advisor, Cherie Dolehanty. She did a great job of understanding my busy schedule," Ram said. "She worked with me to create a program that would be most efficient as well as revolve around my area of interest," Ram said.

Dolehanty is now the director of University College. She worked with Ram when he first enrolled at IU East.

"Rajeev is one of those students that you look forward to talking to each semester. From the beginning, he demonstrated a strong work ethic, positivity and resiliency. It's been a pleasure to serve as his academic advisor and I'm so happy to see that he's reached his goal," Dolehanty said.

The agreement between IU East and the ATP is similar to IU East and Women's Tennis Benefits Association agreement. IU East and the Women's Tennis Benefits Association have an agreement that establishes IU East as the primary provider for baccalaureate online degree completion programs for WTA players. The agreement provides the opportunity for players to professionally train and play tennis while completing their bachelor's degree online. IU East alumnae include Venus Williams, Alla Kudryavtseva, Irina Falconi, and Katalin Marosi.

"I just think the partnership between Indiana University East and the ATP is great," Ram said. "It allows players to pursue other interest while still competing in professional tennis and I think it can be hugely beneficial."

Greg Braxton-Brown, professor of management and dean of Southeast Indiana Programs for IU East, taught Ram through online courses.

"Nothing is better as a faculty member than working with global citizens who do not take their positions for granted and seek knowledge to correspond with their unique access. Rajeev exemplifies this skill," Braxton-Brown said.

Ram played in the 2016 summer Olympics held in Rio de Janeiro with fellow Red Wolf, Venus Williams, in mixed doubles. It was his first Olympics. Ram and Williams received a silver medal. Also in 2016, Ram played in the final round of the US Open with doubles partner Coco Vandeweghe.

Currently, Ram is ranked 21st in doubles. Since enrolling at IU East in fall 2015, Ram has won nine of his 17 career ATP Tour doubles titles, including ATP Masters 1000 events in Indian Wells and Paris. He is respected among ATP players. He serves as a member of the ATP Player Council.

This year, Ram received the 2018 Indiana Pathfinder Award from the Indiana Sports Corp, celebrating local individuals who show a passion for and a dedication to improving the lives of youth throughout the state and nationally. The award recognized Ram for his work and impact with youth across Indianapolis through his foundation, EntouRaj for Kids.

The foundation promotes the development of young tennis players by funding high school teams and high-performance individual grants, as well as programs that teach young players what it takes to have a winning attitude in tennis and in life. Additionally, the mission of EntouRaj for Kids is to keep professional tennis alive in Indiana and help make it accessible to families.

About the ATP

The ATP is the governing body of the men's professional tennis circuits - the ATP Tour, the ATP Challenger Tour and the ATP Champions Tour. With 63 tournaments in 30 countries, the ATP Tour showcases the finest male athletes competing in the world's most exciting venues. From Australia to Europe and the Americas to Asia, the stars of the 2019 ATP Tour will battle for prestigious titles and ATP Rankings points at ATP Masters 1000, 500 and 250 events, as well as Grand Slams (non ATP events). At the end of the season only the world's top 8 qualified singles players and doubles teams will qualify to compete for the last title of the season at the Nitto ATP Finals. Held at The O2 in London, the event will officially crown the 2019 ATP Tour No. 1. For more information, please visit ATPWorldTour.com.

About IU East and IU East Online Programs

Indiana University East has an enrollment of over 3,700 students. IU East is both a traditional campus that excels in innovative learning options and a virtual campus with select online degree completion programs. The university's customized bachelor's and master's programs - a portfolio of over 60 degree program options - anticipate the growing needs of citizens in the region, state and nation.

IU East's online degree programs offer the high quality of an Indiana University degree to students throughout Indiana, nationally and internationally. IU East offers 14 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, a Graduate Certificate in Mathematics, and a Graduate Certificate in Early Childhood Education. More information available online at iue.edu/online.

Foundation announces LillyEndowment Community Scholars

Posted December 13, 2018

The Wayne County Foundation is pleased to announce the selection of two area high school seniors who will receive the prestigious Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship.

Molly Coomes and Joseph Lahmann were chosen from a pool of 92 applicants from throughout Wayne County. Each recipient will receive a four-year, full-tuition scholarship and $900 annual stipend for required books and equipment to attend an accredited public or private nonprofit college or university in Indiana.

Molly is a senior at Centerville High School. At the end of her junior year she had a 4.10 GPA and plans to graduate with an Academic Honors diploma. Molly has participated in National Honor Society, 4-H, Students Against Drunk Driving, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Basketball. She served in several leadership positions, including Senate Floor Leader of Model Legislature and Class Secretary. Molly plans to attend Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis and major in Health and Fitness Management and a minor in Nutrition. She is the daughter of Andy Coomes and Kevin and Renee Westover.

Joseph, a senior at Seton Catholic High School, completed his junior year with a 4.80 GPA and plans to graduate with an Academic Honors diploma. Joseph is very active in local community theatre where he performs and volunteers. He also participates in track and field, National Honor Society, and Student Council. Joseph plans to attend Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and major in Engineering. He is the son of Margaret Lahmann and Patrick Lahmann.

"The Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship is an amazing opportunity for students to continue their education after high school, without incurring the debt most students experience," said Lisa Bates, the Foundation's program officer. This year a total of 143 scholarships were awarded statewide by the Independent Colleges of Indiana, Inc. in partnership with community foundations around the state. ICI is a nonprofit association that represents Indiana's 30 private, nonprofit colleges and universities and serves as the statewide administrator of the scholarship program.

Since 1998, 47 students have been awarded Lilly Endowment Community Scholarships through the Wayne County Foundation. This year's awardees will be recognized, at the Wayne County Foundation's Annual Report to the Community dinner in June, 2019.

'Peace On Earth' a Reid Tradition for at Least 30 Years

Posted December 12, 2018

Supplied Photo: Peace on Earth SignThe LED rope lights stand more than six feet at their tallest point.

The 'Peace On Earth' holiday tradition at Reid Health has missed only one season in up to 30 years. And it was for a pretty good reason – the team had just moved in.

The large lighted message had been part of Reid's history at its former campus on Chester Boulevard close to 20 years before the Sept. 10, 2008, move to 1100 Reid Parkway. That season was the only one in recent history where the message wasn't able to be placed on the hospital tower.

"The first version of the lighted sign, which was pretty worn out, was taken apart ahead of our move ten years ago," recalls Jeff Cook, engineering director. The original was made of steel bars, garlands and incandescent bulbs. Soon after settling in at 1100 Reid Parkway, Cook said people quickly missed the peaceful message for the 2008 holiday.

Thanks to the ingenuity of the health system's Engineering Department team, it was back up by the 2009 holiday season, however. After finding one to buy that was $10,000, the engineering team decided to build one and did so for less than $2,000.

Constructed of rolled steel and tubing with LED rope lights that stand more than six feet at their tallest point, the new version is much more energy efficient. It costs about $6 in electricity for the entire season. The original cost about $130 to light each season.

The message has been displayed on the campus, old and new, every year during the holiday season save the one. It was displayed much longer one other time – after the 2001 terrorist attack, the message was put up Sept. 12 and remained the entire year, Cook recalls.

Cook says 'peace on earth' is anticipated to endure at Reid Health for many years to come. "It's an important part of our tradition and history. The holiday season just wouldn't be the same without it."

Ivy Tech Richmond Launches "Win 1, Give 1" Scholarship Program

Posted December 10, 2018

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Ivy Tech Community College Richmond is preparing to launch a new scholarship program that will give participants the chance to not only receive but give as well. The "Win 1, Give 1" Scholarship Program will offer a full, two-year scholarship- including the cost of books and associated fees- to one person. That person will then be able to choose a second person who will receive the same scholarship opportunity at Ivy Tech Richmond, Connersville and Rushville.

Applications will be taken until December 20, 2018 via www.IvyTech.edu/Richmond. Applicants music complete the "Request for info" section to be entered to "Win 1, Give 1". Five finalists will be chosen at random. One winner will be selected based on interviews with members of the Ivy Tech Richmond Faculty and Staff.

Israeli Auto Supplier Plans to Triple Hoosier Workforce in Wayne County

Posted December 10, 2018

RICHMOND, Ind. (Dec. 10, 2018) – Omen USA, a manufacturer of aluminum parts for the automotive industry, announced plans today to expand its manufacturing operations in Richmond, creating up to 200 new jobs by 2022.

"Indiana is home to a global economy, with foreign-owned businesses like Omen USA that support more than 193,000 quality jobs for Hoosiers," Governor Eric J. Holcomb said. "Indiana and Israel share important economic ties, and I was pleased to meet with Israeli government officials and business executives like Omen Casting Group Owner Yehuda Ben-Haim in Tel Aviv this spring to show our appreciation for their contributions to our state. As we work to strengthen the Indiana-Israel relationship, Omen USA will play a key role in taking our partnership to the next level."

Omen USA, which is a subsidiary of the Israel-based Omen Casting Group, will invest more than $15 million to increase its production in Wayne County, expanding its 76,000-square-foot facility by an additional 21,000 square feet and adding new production lines. The company, which announced plans in 2016 to locate its first North American operations in Indiana, plans to start work on the addition next spring in order to meet growing demand from automotive original equipment manufacturers in the U.S. and Germany for its aluminum drivelines, steering components and oil pumps.

The company, which employs 100 associates in Indiana, plans to begin hiring for all levels of manufacturing positions in the spring of 2019. Interested applicants may apply on site at the Omen USA facility or view open positions online.

"Indiana's business climate and the skilled local workforce have allowed Omen to ramp up our operations and our headcount quickly since finalizing plans to establish operation in Richmond in 2016, " said Doug Baldwin, EVP for Omen USA. "Expanding and increasing our production in Indiana will allow us to increase production for customers while continuing to add more quality jobs to the community."

Omen Casting Group, which is headquartered in Kibbutz Hatzor, Israel, was established in 1946 and now has operations in Israel, Portugal and Indiana. The company produces aluminum parts primarily for the automotive industry, providing steering, engine and driveline needs to manufacturers located across the U.S., Mexico, South America, Europe and Asia.

"I am thrilled to hear Omen USA is continuing to expand in their first North American facility here in Richmond," said Richmond Mayor Dave Snow. "Our relationship with Omen has been strong from the onset, and we continue to lay groundwork for much more mutual success in the future! I want to thank the Omen USA team for their continued commitment to our great city!"

The Indiana Economic Development Corporation offered Omen USA up to $1.6 million in conditional tax credits based on the company's job creation plans. These tax credits are performance-based, meaning until Hoosiers are hired, the company is not eligible to claim incentives. The Economic Development Corporation of Wayne County will provide a $237,000 general purpose grant for the company to use to offset expenses in building improvements, the purchase of new equipment or for the training of new employees. Omen USA will also seek real and personal property tax abatement.

Omen USA is one of eight Israeli business establishments with operations in Indiana, joining companies like Resin Home Design Products, ICL Performance, MCP USA, Taditel Automotive Electronics and Polyram Compounds. Together, these firms employ more than 500 Hoosiers around the state.

About IEDC

The Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) leads the state of Indiana's economic development efforts, helping businesses launch, grow and locate in the state. Governed by a 15-member board chaired by Governor Eric J. Holcomb, the IEDC manages many initiatives, including performance-based tax credits, workforce training grants, innovation and entrepreneurship resources, public infrastructure assistance, and talent attraction and retention efforts. For more information about the IEDC, visit www.iedc.in.gov.

LifeStream's AngelWish Program Makes the Holiday Season Brighter for Isolated Senior Citizens in Need

Posted October 15, 2018

Supplied Flyer: AngelWish

LifeStream Services is asking for your help in brightening the holidays for isolated seniors in need in East Central Indiana. AngelWish is LifeStream's annual campaign to spread holiday cheer to isolated seniors and people with disabilities. The program coordinates doorstep delivery of packages of food, personal care items, practical necessities, and gifts.

For many senior citizens across Indiana, the holiday season can be the loneliest time of the year. That's where LifeStream's AngelWish comes in. For over 20 years, generous businesses, clubs, organizations, churches, and individuals have come together as a community to ensure the most vulnerable are not forgotten during the holidays.

Last year alone, LifeStream delivered 1,491 gift packages. LifeStream is excited to touch the lives of even more seniors this holiday season as the program is offered across their 12 county service area – Blackford, Delaware, Fayette, Franklin, Grant, Henry, Jay, Madison, Randolph, Rush, Union, and Wayne counties.

Below is how individuals and organizations can support the AngelWish program:

  • Volunteer: LifeStream will need assistance in packaging gifts, as well as delivering gift bags to the AngelWish recipients.
  • Donate Items: LifeStream is seeking donations of practical necessity items to place in this year's bags. Suggested items include peanut butter, tuna, soups, bath soap, hand lotion, shampoo, deodorant, denture cleaner, toilet paper, hand sanitizer, dish washing liquid, tissue paper, etc. Pick up/drop off of items should be coordinated no later than December 1.
  • Sponsor: Benefits can include logo and name listed on print and online materials, name listed in Streamlines newsletter delivered to over 3,500 homes and businesses, as well as the opportunity to provide promotional materials.
  • Monetary Donations: With every $25 donation, a senior will receive a gift bag and a requested gift of their choice. Checks should be made payable to LifeStream Services and mailed to 1701 Pilgrim Blvd., Yorktown, IN 47396. Please note AngelWish on the check.

Those interested in supporting the AngelWish program should contact Laura Bray, Volunteer Services Administrator, by calling 765-759-3372 or emailing lbray@lifestreaminc.org. You may also fill out the support form by visiting www.lifestreaminc.org/angelwish.

LifeStream is an Area Agency on Aging that works to improve the quality of life for people at risk of losing their independence. LifeStream serves over 23,000 seniors and people with disabilities throughout 12 counties in Indiana including Blackford, Delaware, Fayette, Franklin, Grant, Henry, Jay, Madison, Randolph, Rush, Union, and Wayne. Programs and services include care management, transportation, in-home care, Senior Cafes, home-delivered meals, guardianships, caregiver support, home modifications, information and assistance, volunteer opportunities and more. For more about the organization call (800) 589-1121 or visit online at www.lifestreaminc.org and follow on Facebook at www.facebook.com/lifestreamservices.

Singles Interaction Newsletter - December 2018

Posted November 26, 2018

Supplied Flyer: December Interactions Newsletter

If you are 21 years of age or better and single, divorced, widow or widower, Singles' Interaction invites you to join them on Friday nights. Come to the Eagles Lodge, 75 South 12th Street, Richmond (membership not required) and meet other single people in the Richmond area.

Come, socialize, dance, and enjoy yourself!

New Documentary Explores Local History of Gennett Records

Posted November 26, 2018

A new documentary from WTIU Public Television, The Music Makers of Gennett Records, set to air on Sunday, November 25th at 8pm, tells the story of the Gennett Recording Studios including rare 1920 recordings, interviews with some of today's most celebrated performers as well as touching on the progressive nature of Gennnett during a time of racial segregation.

Once located on the banks of the Whitewater River in the center of Richmond, Gennett Records recorded many groundbreaking recordings from some of the greatest musical performers of the time. Gennett became the place in the country to record jazz, country, gospel, sounde effects and more. Musicians of the 1920s, 30s and 40s, including Hoagy Carmichael, Bix Beiderbecke, Louis Armstrong, Tommy Dorsey, Gene Autry and Jelly Roll Morton, flocked to Richmond to record their music. This amazing feat earned us the nickname "Cradle of Recorded Jazz".

Today, you can walk the same grounds where these historic musicians once played. The Gennett Walk of Fame located in the Whitewater Gorge offers a serene opportunity to walk among the stars. The Walk consists of large ceramic and bronze medallions featuring the images of the artists honored and a brief history of their musical accomplishments.

Following the premiere on WTIU and a Facebook Live on the same day/time, The Music Makers of Gennett Records will be available to watch on the website below from November 26 through December 26. DVD and BluRay copies of the program will be available for the public to purchase starting in April 2019.


The Music Makers of Gennett Records is made possible with production support from the Earlham College, the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, Wayne County Convention and Tourism Bureau, and the Al Cobine Recognition Endowment Fund.

Flu 101: December Medical Monday to Focus on Risk Factors, Treatment

Posted December 3, 2018

The December Medical Monday event will feature Reid Health's infection control specialist sharing about the flu. "Influenza 101: Risk factors, symptoms, treatment and more" is the topic for Kim Schneider, BSN, RN, who oversees infection control for the health system. Flu season typically occurs during the winter months each year. The best prevention step is the annual vaccine, along with good hand-washing practices, covering coughs and staying home when ill.

Medical Monday is a free presentation and will begin at 1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 10, at Central United Methodist Church. To attend, please RSVP Sharrie Harlin at (765) 983-3000, ext. 4676. The church is located at 1425 E. Main St. in Richmond. Medical Monday is supported by Reid Health Community Benefit.

Auxiliary Donates Record $275,000 to Reid Health Foundation

Posted December 3, 2018

Reid Health Auxiliary's recent contribution to Reid Health Foundation of $275,000 was the Auxiliary's largest ever annual donation, thanks to successful fundraising by the Reid Health Auxiliary volunteers.

Supplied Photo: Randy Kirk, Reid Health Vice President/Foundation President, displays the symbolic "check" for the annual Auxiliary donation.Randy Kirk, Reid Health Vice President/Foundation President, displays the symbolic "check" for the annual Auxiliary donation.

The Auxiliary raises funds for the Foundation year-round with special sales and from proceeds in the Ginkgo Boutique, the hospital gift shop. With this year's donation, the Auxiliary has provided more than $3.5 million to the Foundation since its formation in 1948. The funds are used to support patient care at Reid Health, including funding technology and equipment needs supported by the Foundation. Past donations have funded, for example the green roof installed over a portion of the main campus, the grand piano in the atrium, pediatric therapy equipment, chemotherapy chairs and defibrillators.

"Our Auxiliary stands out in the nation as one of the most active and successful in support of the health system's mission," said Randy Kirk, Reid Health Vice President/Foundation President. "The dollar donations are always amazing, yet they do not reflect the truly priceless value of the thousands of volunteer hours also donated every year by our generous volunteers."

New officers for 2019 were also selected in the annual gathering at which the donation is celebrated. They include John Herig, president; Electa Berk, president-elect; David Garman, past president; Virginia Thompson, treasurer; Elsie Bragg, assistant treasurer; Max Bennett, recording secretary; Pat Shuck, assistant recording secretary; and Patsy Goble, corresponding secretary.

Auxiliary volunteers donate time to departments across the health system. Approximately 300 volunteers are active in various departments.

For information about volunteering at Reid Health, visit: https://www.reidhealth.org/careers/volunteer-at-reid/

MRL To Host Two Holiday Programs in December

Posted November 27, 2018

Supplied Flyer: MRL Holiday Programs

On Monday, December 3rd from 6-7 p.m., Minnetrista Theater Preserves will present a family friendly production of Dickens' classic "A Christmas Carol" with a new spin on the classic story. We hope this version will inspire families to read the classic book together this holiday season.

On Wednesday, December 12 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. enjoy Christmas jazz tunes at the annual holiday concert of the Richmond Jazz Orchestra as they perform at MRL. You're sure to recognize many of the performers as the group is made up of local Richmond musicians. Toe-tapping favorites sure to ignite holiday memories from years past.

Both events will be hosted in the Bard Room at Morrisson-Reeves Library, 80 North Sixth Street, Richmond. For more information, call 765.966.8291.

Long-Empty Richmond Property to Become Care Center for Elderly

Posted November 15, 2018

A long-empty property on Richmond's west side will be used to meet a growing health care need for senior citizens in the area.

Reid Health purchased the former County Market building in Kings Plaza with plans to remodel a portion of it into a Medicare-Medicaid center known as PACE – Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly.

"This effort is in response to a growing need to provide a coordinated care option for community members who otherwise might require going to a nursing home or other care facility," said Billie Kester, Reid Health Vice President. The center will offer care that includes primary care, rehabilitation, adult day services, and transportation.

"PACE centers are designed to meet very specific needs for certain community members, and we see this as a great addition to community services designed to keep eligible individuals living healthier and longer in their home environment," Kester said. The center will be the first PACE in the region. Two other centers are serving patients in Indiana with a few others in the process of application.

The center will provide an alternative to nursing home care for people who are eligible but want to remain in their home as long as possible. "Our service area has an increasingly aging population. Broadening our services into this type of center will help maintain independence for more of our residents who qualify."

According to National Pace Association, the PACE care model is centered on the belief that it is better for the well-being of seniors with chronic care needs and their families to be served in the community when possible. The Association says the PACE model of care dates to the early 1970s when the Chinatown-North Beach community of San Francisco saw pressing needs for long-term care services by families who had immigrated from Italy, China and the Philippines. The result was the formation of a nonprofit corporation called On Lok Senior Health Services to provide a community-based system of care. "On Lok" is Cantonese for "peaceful, happy abode."

The PACE model was established as a permanently recognized provider type by Medicare and Medicaid in 1997; and as of 2017, there were 122 programs established in 31 states. Kester notes that the National PACE Association hopes to grow PACE to serve 100,000 participants by 2021 and 200,000 by 2028.

To qualify for PACE, the patients must:

  • Be 55 or older
  • Live within a zip code of a county in the specified service area which will include Wayne, Fayette, Union, Henry, Randolph, and Franklin Counties
  • Need a nursing home-level of care (as certified by the state)
  • Be able to live safely in the community with help from PACE
Patrick Anderson, M.D., who is assisting with the PACE project, said the new service is important "because it provides comprehensive and coordinated care for a group of people with medical and social needs that would take them out of their homes, otherwise." He cited the program's benefits that include medicine affordability, concentrated care for medical problems that can be given extra attention and better care coordination, transportation assistance, dental care and more.

Craig Kinyon, Reid Health President/CEO, said the center fits perfectly into the health system's mission of improving access to care and meeting the needs of community members who sometimes have limited options and resources. "We exist with a mission of providing comprehensive care that addresses wholeness – body, mind and spirit. We are always seeking new and better ways to provide the care our residents need."

PACE services may include such things as:

  • Adult day care that includes nursing; physical, occupational and recreational therapies; meals, nutrition counseling; social work and personal care
  • Medical care by a PACE physician who knows the patient's history, needs and preferences
  • Medical specialties such as audiology, dentistry, optometry, podiatry and speech therapy Respite care
Remodeling and construction begins soon with a goal of having the center serving patients by the end of 2019.

United Way Orientation Date for 2018/2019 Funding Cycle

Posted November 13, 2018

The United Way of Whitewater Valley is beginning its 2018/2019 funding process with an orientation for anyone interested in applying for funding. The orientation will take place Thursday, November 29th, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at Stidham Auditorium in Johnson Hall on the campus of Ivy Tech.

The event is open to the public. At the orientation, United Way staff, Board, will be reviewing the funding application and timeline.

Since 2010, the United Way has focused its efforts in the areas of Education, Youth & Families, Health and Community Vitality. Anyone wanting more information about the United Way or its funding process is encouraged to contact the office directly at 765-962-2700.

About the United Way of Whitewater Valley

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

Top Awards for This Year's Whitewater Valley Art Competition Exhibit Announced

Posted October 15, 2018

The annual Whitewater Valley Art Competition awards reception was held October 12 at Indiana University East. The competition was originated by Tom Thomas in 1978. The WVAC has a history of "open judging," allowing the public to be present when the exhibit entries are accepted or declined for the exhibit.

The exhibit is presented by First Bank Richmond.

There were 169 entered works by 55 artists for this year's competition. Three jurors selected 50 works by 34 artists for the exhibit and determined to be the award winners. This year's jurors were Peg Faimon, founding dean at the School of Art, Architecture, and Design, IU Bloomington; Betsy Stirratt, founding director of the Grunwald Gallery of Art at IU Bloomington; and Maxim Weintraub, gallery director, Herron School of Art and Design at IUPUI.

The exhibit will be on display in The Tom Thomas Gallery and Meijer Artway, located in Whitewater Hall, now through December 7.

Top Awards for the 2018 Whitewater Valley Art Competition Exhibit

  • First Place/Best of Show: Jennifer Murray, Westerville, Ohio, "Cooking Clips," acrylic on canvas
  • Second Place: Clinton Wood, Cincinnati, Ohio, "Irregular Lot," oil on wood panel
  • Third Place: Megan Caldwell Chandler, Carmel, Indiana, "These Dreams Change," Turkish map book, acrylic and collage
  • Honorable Mention:
    Elena Dahl, Yellow Springs, Ohio,"Vestals / Shut That Whole Thing Down / After Todd Akin," silver gelatin print and archival inkjet prints
    John Humphries, Cincinnati, Ohio, "Ananzi and the Elephant," watercolor, wood, thread
    Mia Kaplan, Indianapolis, Indiana, "Fractured Vision," steel wire
    Eric Lubrick, Indianapolis, Indiana, "Hey Twin Boy Birthday Cake," photograph

Christmas at the Gennett Mansion Will Be Held on November 29th

Posted November 8, 2018

Supplied Flyer: Christmas at the Gennett Mansion

The Starr-Gennett Foundation is presenting Christmas at the Gennett Mansion on Thursday, November 29 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The Gennett Mansion is located at 1829 E. Main Street, Richmond, Indiana.

The event includes music, hors d'oeuvres, a cash wine bar and a silent auction. Cost of the event is $10 per person. Tickets may be purchased at the Wayne County Foundation Office at 33 S. 7th St., Richmond, IN. You may also call 765-962-2860 or email starrgennettfoundation@gmail.com.

Paul and Pat Lingle Scholars Program Provides Four-Year Scholarship to Two New Students

Posted November 26, 2018

Noah Fox and Natalie Peer are the 2018 recipients of Paul and Pat Lingle Scholars Program. The scholarship award will continue throughout their pursuit of a four-year degree at Indiana University East.

To help encourage the brightest and best students in Wayne County to continue their education at IU East, Paul and Pat Lingle announced their plan to endow the Paul and Pat Lingle Scholars Program with a $100,000 gift earlier this year. The program provides a four year scholarship to high-achieving area students pursuing a four-year degree at IU.

The four-year scholarship is awarded to two students who have been accepted to the IU East Honors Program, an academic program that provides an intellectually enriching curriculum for highly motivated students. Recipients receive a four-year scholarship, provided by the Lingles.

Supplied Photo: Noah FoxNoah Fox

Fox, of Richmond, Indiana, is a freshman information technology major at IU East. He is a graduate of Richmond High School.

Supplied Photo: Natalie PeerNatalie Peer

Peer, of Fountain City, is a sophomore and an exploratory student at IU East. She is a graduate of Northeastern High School.

Although formally endowed this year, the Lingle Scholars program was established in 2005. Since that time, the program has helped 14 students achieve their goal of earning a bachelor's degree, including the most recent graduates from the program, Madeline Truette of Centerville, Indiana, and Logan Ullery of Richmond, Indiana. This year, Fox and Peer join Destiny Maitlen of Centerville, Indiana, and Mackenzie Spurrier of Richmond as Paul & Pat Lingle Scholars at IU East.

Veteran's Breakfast at Morrisson-Reeves Library

Posted November 13, 2018

Supplied Flyer: MRL Veterans Breakfast

Morrisson-Reeves Library is offering a memorable salute to our local Veterans with a VETERAN'S BREAKFAST at the Library on Thursday, November 29th. Enjoy a light breakfast of coffee and donuts and a presentation of "Boots on the Ground: The war on terror, memories of those who were there."

This is a first-person account of the men and women who served in the Middle East from 1991 to 2017 by author, Duane Hodgin.

The doors open at 8:45AM – Program starts at 9:15AM. Veterans are encouraged to wear patriotic clothing. You do not need to be a veteran to attend this event.

Book Signing and photos following the event. This event is free and open to the public.

Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/319884885408637/

Senior Adult Ministry November Meeting

Posted November 5, 2018

This month the Senior Adult Ministry invites you to join us at 6 pm on Tuesday, November 27, at First United Methodist Church, 318 National Road West, Richmond, IN. We will have a pitch-in Thanksgiving dinner and share what we are thankful for. We will also ask for suggestions for next year's monthly meetings. A new calendar of events for 2019 will be available in December.

New members are always welcome. Senior Adult Ministry is an active group of seniors open to all regardless of religious affiliation. 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.

LifeStream and Community Partners Celebrate National Caregivers Month with Event at The Leland Legacy

Posted October 2, 2018

LifeStream Services invites caregivers to unwind and enjoy a relaxing afternoon at Floral by Design & Lunch on November 15. Caregivers can enjoy lunch, and indulge in wine and dessert while learning how to create a floral masterpiece with instruction by Lemon's Florist. In addition, this event will feature information on tools and advice from organizations who work with caregivers.

Floral by Design & Lunch will be held on November 15 from 11:00am to 2:00pm at The Leland Legacy located at 900 S. A St., Richmond, IN 47374. Those interested should turn in a registration along with $5 to LifeStream Services no later than November 8. Registration is available to print or fill out online at www.lifestreaminc.org/floralbydesign. To register by phone/email or for more information on this event, please contact Beth Evans, Director of Community Services, by calling 765-405-3001 or email bevans@lifestreaminc.org.

Space is limited to the first 50 registered. Respite care is provided upon request. This program is in celebration of National Caregivers Month and is made possible by the generous contributions of The Leland Legacy, Lemons Florist & more.

LifeStream is an Area Agency on Aging that works to improve the quality of life for people at risk of losing their independence. Programs and services include care management, transportation, in-home care, Senior Cafes, home-delivered meals, guardianships, caregiver support, home modifications, information and assistance, volunteer opportunities and more. For more about the organization call (800) 589-1121 or visit online at www.lifestreaminc.org and follow on Facebook at www.facebook.com/lifestreamservices.

LifeStream, Recovery Works, & Local Organizations Partner to Offer Medication Lunch & Learns

Posted October 2, 2018

Supplied Flyer: Medication Lunch and Learn

LifeStream Services and Recovery Works – Cambridge City are partnering together to offer Medication Lunch & Learns, a series of sponsored lunch and learns to discuss medication management & disposal, community resources, veterans programs, state assistance, and much more on medication awareness. Attendees are welcome to bring old, expired medications for safe medication disposal coordinated by the county emergency personnel.

Medication Lunch and Learns will be offered in Blackford, Delaware, Grant, Henry, Jay, Madison, and Randolph counties through the end of November. These events are open to the community, especially older adults, service providers, counselors, physicians, law enforcement, probation officers, and addiction providers.

Those interested in attending should RSVP in advance by calling or texting 317-517-6278 or email Matt Gast at mgast@recoveryworksin.com.

Join LifeStream and partnering organizations at one of the Medication Lunch & Learns this fall:

  • Henry County: Thursday, October 18 from 9am to Noon
    Henry Co. Public Library: 376 S. 15 th St. New Castle, IN 47362
  • Blackford County: Wednesday, October 24 from 9am to Noon
    Lake Placid: 397 S. 200 E. Hartford City, IN 47348
  • Delaware County: Wednesday, October 31 from 9am to Noon
    Maring-Hunt Library: 2005 S. High St., Muncie, IN 47302
  • Randolph County: Thursday, November 8 from 9am to Noon
    Randolph Inn: 890 W. Washington St. Winchester, IN 47394
  • Jay County: Wednesday, November 14 from 9am to Noon
    Holiday Inn: 100 Holiday Dr. Portland, IN 47371
  • Grant County: Wednesday, November 28 from 9am to Noon
    Holiday Inn: 1000 N. Baldwin Ave. Marion, IN 46952
  • Madison County: Thursday, November 29 from 9am to Noon
    Holiday Inn: 6720 S. Scatterfield Rd. Anderson, IN 46013

Special thank you to partnering organizations – LifeStream Services, Recovery Works – Cambridge City, State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP), Department of Veterans Affairs, County Emergency Personnel.

LifeStream is dedicated to improving the quality of life for people at risk of losing their independence. As the country is in the middle of an 'Opioid Crisis,' LifeStream is working with local organizations to raise awareness on the issue and educate the community on prevention and resources available.

For more information on these events or how LifeStream can help, please contact Beth Evans, Director of Community Services, by calling 765-405-3001 or emailing bevans@lifestreaminc.org. LifeStream is an Area Agency on Aging that works to improve the quality of life for people at risk of losing their independence. LifeStream serves over 23,000 seniors and people with disabilities throughout 12 counties in Indiana including Blackford, Delaware, Fayette, Franklin, Grant, Henry, Jay, Madison, Randolph, Rush, Union, and Wayne. Programs and services include care management, transportation, in-home care, Senior Cafes, home-delivered meals, guardianships, caregiver support, home modifications, information and assistance, volunteer opportunities and more. For more about the organization call (800) 589-1121 or visit online at www.lifestreaminc.org and follow on Facebook at www.facebook.com/lifestreamservices.

Lifestream and Area Senior Centers Welcome Older Adults

Posted November 1, 2018

LifeStream partners with the Centerville-Abington Senior Center, Nettle Creek Senior Center, Richmond Senior Community Center, Union County Council on Aging & Aged, and the Western- Wayne Senior Center to offer lunch, meal delivery, wellness classes, transportation, volunteerism, and more community services for older adults. The center is an excellent opportunity for older adults to enjoy a day out in their community among their peers to meet, eat, and socialize.

Current activities at the center include daily lunches, card games, and other social events. Reserve your spot at the café near you: Meals are provided for a suggested donation of $2.50 for those 60 years and older and their spouses. Under the age of 60 can enjoy a meal for a small fee.

  • Centerville-Abington Senior Center located at 111 S. 2 nd St. Centerville, IN 47330: LifeStream and the senior center offer nutritious lunches Monday through Friday at 11:30am. Contact the center by calling 765-855-5651.
  • Nettle Creek Senior Center located at 327 E. Main St. Hagerstown, IN 47346: LifeStream and the senior center offer nutritious lunches Monday through Friday at 11:30am. Contact the center by calling 765-489-5782.
  • Richmond Senior Community Center located at 1600 S. 2 nd St. Richmond, IN 47374: LifeStream and the senior center offer nutritious lunches Monday through Friday at 11:00am. Contact the center by calling 765-983-7350.
  • Union County Council on Aging & Aged located at Southview Courts at 615 W. High St., Liberty, IN 47353. LifeStream and the center offer nutritious lunches Monday through Friday at 11:00am. Contact the center by calling 765-458-5500.
  • Western-Wayne Senior Center located at 1007 E. Main St. Cambridge City, IN 47327: LifeStream and the senior center offer nutritious lunches Monday through Friday at 11:30am. Contact the center by calling 765-478-4579.
  • Home-Delivered Meals: Those unable to come to the senior center for lunch can call LifeStream at 800-589-1121 to determine if they are eligible for meals to be delivered to their homes.

LifeStream is dedicated to improving the quality of life for people at risk of losing their independence. LifeStream's mission is fulfilled by offering community services such as lunch at the senior café, meal delivery, transportation, volunteer opportunities, wellness classes, and much more services and programs that enable older adults to remain independent in their communities.

LifeStream is an Area Agency on Aging that works to improve the quality of life for people at risk of losing their independence. LifeStream serves over 23,000 seniors and people with disabilities throughout 12 counties in Indiana including Blackford, Delaware, Fayette, Franklin, Grant, Henry, Jay, Madison, Randolph, Rush, Union, and Wayne. Programs and services include care management, transportation, in-home care, Senior Cafes, home-delivered meals, guardianships, caregiver support, home modifications, information and assistance, volunteer opportunities and more. For more about the organization call (800) 589-1121 or visit online at www.lifestreaminc.org and follow on Facebook at www.facebook.com/lifestreamservices.

Reid Health Community Benefit Awards More Than $178,000 in Grants for Programs Promoting Good Nutrition, Physical Activity

Posted October 31, 2018

The Reid Health Community Benefit program recently awarded $178,250 in grants to programs designed to promote good nutrition, physical activity and healthy weight in the second grant cycle of 2018.

Grants, along with other specific outreach and requirements to meet the system's not-for-profit status, have put almost $176 million back into the community in the last five years. A committee of Reid Health's governing board reviews grant requests. The grants are awarded as part of the health system's efforts as a mission-driven, not-for-profit organization.

To review the grants, 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.

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.

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, Reid Healthier Wellness club and provided support for many health education events.


IU's Kelley School of Business Outlook Tour to Visit Richmond on November 14

Posted October 25, 2018

Area business leaders and the community are invited to attend the Indiana University's Kelley School of Business Outlook Tour from 7:30-9 a.m. on Wednesday, November 14, in the Whitewater Hall Lobby located on the IU East campus.

The tour is presented by the IU East Alumni Association and the IU East School of Business and Economics.

The event will begin with a networking breakfast at 7:30 a.m. followed by the panel presentations at 8 a.m. in Vivian Auditorium. A public question-and-answer session will follow.

RSVP at iueastoutlook2019.eventbrite.com.

At this event, panelists will discuss how the changing economic environment will affect business and public policy decisions in the coming year - globally, nationally, statewide and in Richmond. The IU Business Outlook Tour provides an opportunity to network with fellow community leaders and hear what several experts are projecting for 2019.

Since 1972, the Kelley School of Business has presented its national, state and local forecasts via a series of presentations in cities throughout Indiana. For more than 90 years, the Indiana Business Research Center has provided the crucial economic information needed by many Indiana businesses, government units and nonprofit organizations.

The starting point for the annual forecast is an econometric model of the United States, developed by IU's Center for Econometric Model Research, involving hundreds of statistical equations to develop a national forecast for the coming year.

A similar econometric model of Indiana provides a corresponding forecast for the state and its metro-area economies, based on the national forecast and data specific to Indiana. The Business Outlook Panel then adjusts the forecasts to reflect additional insights the panelists have on the economic situation.

At each presentation, the panel features faculty members from the Kelley School and IU, plus local panelists from other IU campuses and other universities, offering perspectives on the global, national, state and local economies and financial markets.

This year's panel includes:

  • Nick Delener, IU East Interim Dean of the School of Business and Economics (Moderator)
  • Kyle Anderson, clinical assistant professor of business economics, Kelley School of Business in Indianapolis
  • Ryan Brewer, Assistant Professor of Finance, Indiana University-Columbus
  • Cathy Bonser-Neal, Associate professor of finance
  • Oi Lin Cheung, Associate professor of finance for the IU East School of Business and Economics
The cost is $15 per person and includes breakfast. Event proceeds benefit the IU East Alumni Association Scholarship Fund and will assist students in the School of Business and Economics.

The tour is sponsored by IU's Kelley School of Business, the Kelley School of Business Alumni Association, the IU Alumni Association, IU campuses and numerous community organizations.

For more information, contact Terry Wiesehan, director of Alumni Relations and Campus Events, at (765) 973-8221 or twiesaha@iue.edu.

New Support Groups Available Through Reid Health Oncology

Posted November 5, 2018

Three new support groups are available through Reid Health Oncology Associates. The groups are free and do not require registration.

The groups include:

  • Cancer Caregiver Support Group – Open to anyone who has loved or cared for someone affected by cancer. The disease affects not only the patient, but family and friends. The group offers connections, support and education. It is open to caregivers regardless of their relationship to the patient. Meets: first and third Mondays, 6 to 8 p.m., Reid Oncology Classroom.
  • Breast Cancer Support Group – Open to any patient who has been diagnosed with breast cancer, it is designed for anyone who has been affected by the disease at any age, stage, prognosis or current disease status. The group provides community support by bringing breast cancer patients together to share successes and struggles. Meets: second and fourth Fridays, 10 a.m. to noon, Reid Oncology Conference Room.
  • Lung Cancer Support Group – Open to lung cancer patients, this group is designed to help patients in their journey with lung cancer. Meets: First and third Fridays, 10 a.m. to noon, Reid Oncology Conference Room.

Light refreshments are available at all meetings, and reservations are not required. For more information, contact Courtney Sutliff, (765) 983-3344.

Margaret A. Kielhorn Sneak Peak on November 15th

Posted November 5, 2018

Supplied Flyer: RNR Open House

Richmond Neighborhood Restoration and Indiana University East cordially invite you to don your favorite hat and attend a sneak peek of the Margaret A. Kielhorn House, 74 South 17th Street on November 15, 2018 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Light fare will be provided by Radford's Meat Market & Deli. Beer and wine will be provided. Music by Wingwalkers.

RSVP by November 9th. Tickets $25 per person. Available at https://rnrpreview.eventbrite.com or by calling 607.699.1718.

IU East Online Programs Receive Top Rankings

Posted November 7, 2018

Indiana University East recently had several of its online degree completion programs ranked on national lists for quality and affordability by Affordable Colleges Online and OnlineU.

Affordable Colleges Online (AC Online) ranked four of Indiana University East's online programs in the top 20 on two of its lists recently. ACO is a leading resource for online learning and college affordability information.

IU East's online program in English, Technical and Professional Writing is ranked 12th on the English and Humanities national best programs list.

Additionally, IU East's Political Science online program is ranked 19th on the Political Science and Criminal Justice national best programs list.

Margaret Thomas-Evans, chair of the English department, said the department is very proud of its Bachelor of Arts in Technical and Professional Writing. She said receiving this ranking is a great accomplishment.

"Seventy-five percent of our English majors are in this program and take not only technical and professional writing courses, but also creative writing and literature courses, so all the faculty are involved with the degree and impact its success," Thomas-Evans said. "Our students are globally located in places such as Saudi Arabia, Colombia, Pakistan, as well as across the U.S. The community writing projects they complete in several courses provide a service to their home communities along with giving students the opportunity to get a practical learning experience that may apply to their future careers."

Mengie Parker, associate dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, is the department chair of Criminal Justice and Political Science.

"The Department of Criminal Justice and Political Science is pleased to see that our programs have received national attention," Parker said. "Both programs provide students with internships opportunities and other experiential learning venues that have a huge impact on their futures. We have seen strong growth in both experiential travel and participation in undergraduate research. I am very pleased at the work of our faculty and students."

The School of Business and Economics also was placed on the OnlineU list for the 2019 Most Affordable Online Colleges for Accounting and Marketing. OnlineU is published by the SR Education Group, a leading education research publisher founded in 2004.

The SR Education Group ranked three of IU East's online degree completion programs, including the finance program at 10; marketing program at number 22; and the accounting program at 23.

Interim Dean of the School of Business and Economics Nick Delener, said, "We are pleased to announce that IU East's School of Business and Economics has been ranked by the SR Education Group on the 2019 Most Affordable Online Colleges national list. These rankings represent online schools across the United States that make an effort to provide economical options for the students."

SR Education Group methodology for these rankings employs median mid-career salary data, as well as manually researched tuition rates. Since salaries differ by degree level and program, SR Education Group utilizes bachelor's, master's, and program specific salary data for the rankings. Manually collected tuition rates are also specific to degree level and program. The Best Online Colleges rankings include 100 program pages and 41 by-state rankings. The 2019 rankings include 861 unique schools, between the Best and Most Affordable lists.

IU East online degree programs offer the high quality of an Indiana University degree to students throughout Indiana, nationally and internationally. IU East's online programs offer 14 options for students who wish to complete their bachelor's degree online. IU East currently offers bachelor's degrees online in Applied Health Science; English, Technical and Professional Writing; Natural Science and Mathematics, with a Mathematics Concentration; Communication Studies; Business Administration; Criminal Justice; Informatics; Political Science; Psychology; Mathematics; General Studies; and an R.N. to B.S.N. Mobility Option. IU East also offers Graduate Certificates in Composition Studies, Early Childhood Education and Mathematics.

For more information about IU East's online degree programs, visit iue.edu/online.

Richmond Artist Couple Exhibits Paintings at Reid Health

Posted November 7, 2018

Local artists Lawrence and Carol Sexton are currently exhibiting their artwork in the MacDowell Gallery at Reid Health, 1100 Reid Parkway in Richmond. The gallery is named after former CEO Barry MacDowell and is located on the second floor near the main hospital entrance. There are 38 works on display; most are available for purchase. The exhibit continues through January 3, 2019.

Lawrence Sexton's oil paintings feature regional landscapes as well as scenes from his travels in New York, Pennsylvania, New Mexico and St. Croix, USVI. Lawrence has long been an admirer of the Hoosier School of painters as well as the impressionists of the early 20th century. His style could be described as traditional, with particular sensibility to the ways in which light, color, weather, and time of day contribute to the mood or emotional expression of a landscape scene.

Supplied Image: The Coming Embrace by Lawrence SextonThe Coming Embrace by Lawrence Sexton

Carol Sexton's bold, colorful botanical paintings offer the viewer an exciting close-up view of the plant world in all of its amazing diversity. A recent painter as well as a long-time sculptor, Carol is attracted to the sculptural qualities of plant forms and the spaces within them, as well as their many interesting textures and colors which are fun and challenging to paint. This series was first inspired by the tropical plants of St. Croix in the Virgin Islands, but more recently has also included local garden plants seen in Richmond and the surrounding area.

Supplied Image: Proud Agave by Carol SextonProud Agave by Carol Sexton

In recent years the Sextons have exhibited their art at IU East, the Richmond Art Museum, the Arts Depot in Union City, the Whitewater Valley Art Association in Connersville, the Minnetrista Center in Muncie, and the Preble County Art Association in Eaton, Ohio. Carol has also exhibited with the Hoosier Salon in Indianapolis and has been active with the Indiana Limestone Symposium since 2006. Both Carol and Lawrence hold undergraduate degrees in Art Education from Buffalo State College and MFA degrees in Studio Art from UNC-Greensboro. They were married in 1982 and came to Richmond in 1987 for Lawrence to take a 3-year teaching position in the art department at Earlham College. Afterwards they stayed in the area, raised two children, and were founding members of the Whitewater Artists Guild. Lawrence earned a Master of Library Science degree from Indiana University in 2005, and currently serves as director of the Union City Public Library while continuing to create art in his free time. Carol earned an MDiv. degree from Earlham of School of Religion in 2001, focusing her studies on the intersection of art and spirituality. In addition to being a freelance artist and designer, Carol has worked as an art teacher and a workshop and retreat leader.

To see more of Lawrence and Carol's artwork, please look for their paintings in the Richmond Art Museum's 120th annual exhibition from November 8 through January 12, or visit the artists' websites:lawrencesexton.com and carolsextonart.com.

Diabetes Specialist to Help Medical Monday Celebrate Seven Years Nov. 12

Posted November 5, 2018

Shrikant Tamhane, M.D., endocrinology specialist, will help the Medical Monday event celebrate seven years and Diabetes Awareness Month.

Supplied Photo: Dr. Tamhane

"We are thankful to have provided monthly health oriented and community speakers to this group for seven years," said Sharrie Harlin, Community Outreach Coordinator for Reid Health and founder of the monthly event. "We would love to have new attendees – especially this month to celebrate our anniversary. We have a great speaker, lunch and lots of surprises planned."

Dr. Tamhane, with Reid Endocrinology Center, will share the latest information on diabetes treatments and awareness. Dr. Tamhane is a graduate of the B.J. Medical College in India. He completed residency at MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital and also a fellowship at the Mayo Clinic.

Medical Monday is a free presentation and will begin at 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 12, at Central United Methodist Church. To attend, please RSVP Sharrie Harlin at (765)983-3000, ext. 4676. The church is located at 1425 E. Main St. in Richmond.

Medical Monday is supported by Reid Health Community Benefit. Harlin started the event when she was working for the Minority Health Coalition and maintained it after joining Reid Health. The event has built a loyal following, averaging 40 to 50 guests each month to learn about various health issues and community programs.

Insurance Sign-up Scheduled Nov. 13 at Reid Health

Posted November 8, 2018

Supplied Graphic: All Insurance Sign Up

An "All Insurance Sign-up" is scheduled from 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, at Reid Health.

The event will have people on hand to help with sign-ups for Affordable Care Act, Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP) 2.0 or a Medicare Advantage plan. Prize drawings will include for a 50-inch TV and a $250 gift certificate to Walmart. It will be held in Lingle Hall on the Reid Health campus, 1100 Reid Parkway.

Documentation for HIP includes birth certificate and pay stubs from the last 30 days. You must be at least 19 to participate.

Post Election Statment from Wayne County Clerk, Debra Berry

Posted November 8, 2018

This year's voter turnout was a record. Thank you to all the voters who cast a ballot, whether on Election Day or Early Voting. Your vote is your voice and thank you for exercising your right to vote.

Words cannot express how much I appreciate the Wayne County election board members, the absentee board, traveling board, riding commissioners, Vote Center inspectors and poll workers, IT staff, security staff, in-office staff and seasonal staff. I appreciate your hard work and dedication to the community for a successful 2018 General Election. These people put in long hours and are the backbone of our election system. I truly appreciate their willingness to serve and preserve the integrity of our election.

A special thank you to Barb Fitzpatrick, manager of O'Charley's, who expressed appreciation to our poll workers for their service by delivering food to our Richmond Vote Centers. O'Charley's additionally gifted each poll worker with a gift card for a free appetizer. Thank you for recognizing their dedication.

Thank you to all the candidates who put their name on the ballot. It takes a lot of courage to run for public office. And last, but not least, congratulations to those who were elected. May you serve faithfully, honestly and impartially always putting the concerns of your constituents first.

'Top Chef' Featured Speaker in Nov. 14 Diabetes Event at Reid Health

Posted November 8, 2018

The annual celebration of National Diabetes Awareness Month will include two special events at Reid Health on Wednesday, Nov. 14, with one featuring a diabetes expert and another a nationally known 'Top Chef.'

Supplied Photo: Erica Kretchman, D.O.Erica Kretchman, D.O.

The first event from noon to 12:30 p.m. in Lingle Auditorium features Erica Kretchman, D.O., with Reid Endocrinology Center in a presentation titled "Lower Your Risk of Diabetes."

Dr. Kretchman will then join other members of her staff for the 12th Annual Diabetes Event from 5 to 7 p.m. in Lingle Grand Hall & Auditorium. The event features Tiffany Derry, Bravo TV's "Top Chef" fan favorite and entrepreneur, healthy hors d'oeuvres and a light dessert. The program is sponsored by the Reid Health Diabetes Education Program and novo nordisk™.

Derry built her TD Concepts brand and company from the ground up in Dallas. She found a love of cooking at an early age and is a graduate of The Art Institute of Houston. She became a national spokesperson for the school and a sought-after sous chef at regionally acclaimed restaurants.

Supplied Photo: Tiffany DerryTiffany Derry

She has a personal family connection with diabetes and has made it her mission to education about healthy lifestyles and portion control. She stands by one rule in her kitchen, says her bio: "Make it taste good or forget it!"

Pre-registration is required for the evening event by calling (765) 983-7961.

Interfaith Thanksgiving Program To Be Held at First Friends Meeting

Posted November 12, 2018

Supplied Flier: Interfaith Service

Representatives from many faiths will share offerings of thanksgiving in this service at First Friends Meeting, 2010 Chester Boulevard, Richmond.

Please join us from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and enjoy free light refreshments afterwards as we join in community (no reservation needed).

For more information, contact Derek at 765.962.7666.

Singles Interaction Newsletter - November 2018

Posted October 18, 2018

Supplied Newsletter: November 2018

If you are 21 years of age or better and single, divorced, widow or widower, Singles' Interaction invites you to join them on Friday nights. Come to the Eagles Lodge, 75 South 12th Street, Richmond (membership not required) and meet other single people in the Richmond area.

Come, socialize, dance, and enjoy yourself!

No Flu Yet at Reid Health – Great Time to Get Vaccine!

Posted October 23, 2018

Influenza hasn't shown up yet at Reid Health – but now is the time to get a flu shot and try to keep it that way, health system officials say.

"Besides all the important normal precautions like handwashing, the annual flu vaccine is the best way to avoid getting sick," says Kim Schneider, RN, Infection Control with Reid Health. The health system is ramping up prevention this year, including by offering some free flu vaccination clinics and mandating the flu vaccine for all team members able to safely have it.

"Reid Health and Reid Health Physician Associates recorded 1,768 positive flu tests in the 2017-2018 flu season and we had 186 patients admitted because of flu," she said. "We want to do everything we can to bring those numbers down this flu season."

Meanwhile, Schneider says besides the vaccine, the following tips are tried and true to reduce chances for the flu:

  • Wash your hands often
  • Avoid close contact with anyone who is sick
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth – this is how germs spread and get into your system
  • Clean and disinfect potential surfaces that could be contaminated such as grocery carts, and gas pumps
  • Carry hand sanitizer and use it after touching things like door handles and counters

If you get sick, limit contact with others. "The Centers for Disease Control recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities," Schneider says.

Also, if the doctor prescribes antivirals, be sure to take them. "Antiviral drugs can make illness milder and shorten the time you are sick. They may also prevent serious flu complications."

Schneider says it is too early to tell what to expect from the 2018-2019 season, but notes that the flu is serious and results in thousands of deaths annually in the United States. National health officials do believe this year's vaccine will offer good protection, she says.

If you show signs of the flu, depending on severity, consider a virtual urgent care visit using the Reid HealthNOW mobile app, see your family physician, or visit an urgent care to see if antiviral medication is appropriate.

Free flu vaccine clinics

While supplies last, free flu shots are being offered Saturday, Oct. 27, at Reid Urgent Care in Richmond and Reid Health Urgent Care – Connersville. Each location opens at 8 a.m.

(Watch video on proper handwashing HERE)

Communities in Schools of Wayne County To Hold Annual Dinner

Posted October 18, 2018

Supplied Flyer: Communities In Schools 2018 Annual Dinner

Communities in Schools of Wayne County cordially invites you to its 17th Annual Dinner on Thursday, November 8, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. The dinner will be held at Forest Hills Country Club, 2169 South 23rd Street, Richmond, IN 47374. $50.00 per person. RSVP by November 1, 2018 at CISWayneCo.org/register. For more information, call 765.983.2263 or email mattr@ciswayneco.org.

IU East's 2018 Homecoming Begins November 2

Posted November 1, 2018

Supplied Flyer: IU East Homecoming Poster

Indiana University East will host "Homecoming 2018: From Pioneers to the Pack" November 2-10. Alumni, friends and the campus community are invited to participate in activities and events throughout the week. This year's theme celebrates the 10th anniversary the campus mascot became Rufus the Red Wolf, and the pack referred to as the Red Wolves.

Homecoming events are sponsored by the IU East Alumni Association, Office of Campus Life, First Bank Richmond, Reid Health, The Annex and G101.3.

Homecoming 2018 begins on Friday, November 2, with the women's basketball First Bank Richmond Classic held on Lingle Court in the Student Events Center. The Red Wolves play at 4 p.m. on Friday. The classic continues on Saturday, November 3, with the Red Wolves playing at 2 p.m. During halftime, the Homecoming Royalty Court will be announced.

Monday Madness is on Monday, November 5. This student event is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Springwood Hall Graf Center. Students will enjoy free food and receive their Homecoming long-sleeved shirt (while shirts last).

The Talent Show is at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, November 6, in Vivian Auditorium. The Talent Show features student acts. The campus community and alumni are welcome to attend.

On Wednesday, November 7, is Pride in the Pack day. Faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to wear Red Wolves gear and celebrate Rufus' birthday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Whitewater Hall Lobby. Celebrate with cupcakes, hot dog bar, games and IU East giveaways. The campus community is encouraged to gather at 12:45 p.m. for a group photo.

The annual Bonfire will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, November 8, behind Hayes Hall. During the bonfire, IU East will crown the Homecoming Royalty. The Bonfire is a student event.

Also on Thursday, the second annual IU East Alumni Circle Gathering will be held from 5:30-7:50 p.m. in the First Bank Richmond Community Room, located in Whitewater Hall. The IU East Alumni Legacy Circle recognizes families for making an Indiana University education part of their family tradition.

The Legacy Circle program is offered to encourage pride in students who are children and/or grandchildren of IU East graduates. Generations of families have passed on the tradition, and we celebrate this special relationship. Any student who has at least one parent, grandparent, or step-parent/grandparent who is an alumnus/alumnae of IU East can join the Legacy Circle. Members will be acknowledged at an annual pinning ceremony recognizing their multi-generational commitment to IU East. Sign up now to be recognized as an official IU East Legacy Family and you can join us for the official pinning ceremony and reception during Homecoming week. For more information about the IU East Alumni Legacy Circle, visit iue.edu/alumni/legacycircle.

Homecoming will conclude with the men's basketball First Bank Richmond Classic November 9-10 on Lingle Court. The men's basketball team plays at 5 p.m. on Friday, November 9.

The tournament continues Saturday, November 10, with the Red Wolves playing at 3 p.m.

Also on November 10, IU East will host Pioneers Night during the classic. IU East Athletics will honor three alumni who have received NAIA All-America honors including Tia King '18, Lucas Huffman '18 and Jacoby Claypool '18.

King, of Indianapolis, received the All-America honor in 2016, 2017 and 2018. She played guard for the women's basketball team and reached 2,566 career points.

Huffman, also from Indianapolis, played guard for the men's team. He received All-America honors in 2016 and 2018. He marked 1,477 career points with the Red Wolves.

Claypool, of Fort Wayne, received All-America honors in 2017. He reached 1,222 career points.

King, Claypool and Huffman's jerseys will join Red Wolf All-Americans including Tyler Rigby '12; Lauren Crump, '13; Breezy Strete '13; Tyler Fangman '15; and Mallory Livingston '15. The All-American jerseys are on display in the Nasser Paydar Classroom, located in the Student Events Center.

Admission for the men's and women's basketball First Bank Richmond Classic is $5 per day. For the full First Bank Richmond Classic schedules, visit iueredwolves.com.

For more information about Homecoming, visit iue.edu/homecoming. For a list of all IU East events, visit iue.edu/events.

Schedule of Events
Friday, November 2

First Bank Richmond Classic: Women's basketball vs. Southeastern University, Lingle Court, Student Events Center, 4 p.m.

Saturday, November 3

First Bank Richmond Classic: Women's basketball vs. Lindsey Wilson College, Lingle Court, Student Events Center, 2 p.m.

Homecoming Royalty Court Announced at halftime of the women's basketball game.

Monday, November 5

Monday Madness, Graf Center, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Student event. Long-sleeve shirt giveaway and free food.

Faculty and staff can pick up their Homecoming shirts from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Office of External Affairs, located in Springwood Hall Room 103.

Tuesday, November 6

Talent Show, Vivian Auditorium, 7 p.m. Campus event.

Wednesday, November 7

Pride in the Pack: Faculty, staff, and students wear their Red Wolves gear and celebrate Rufus' birthday, Whitewater Hall Lobby, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cupcakes, hot dog bar, giveaways and games.

Campus Community group photo, 12:45 p.m., Whitewater Hall Lobby.

Thursday, November 8

Bonfire, behind Hayes Hall, 7 p.m. Homecoming Royalty Crowning. Free food. Student event.

IU East Alumni Legacy Circle Gathering, 5:30-7:30 p.m., First Bank Richmond Community Room, located in Whitewater Hall. RSVP to Terry Wiesehan, director of Alumni Relations and Campus Events, at twiesaha@iue.edu or call 765-973-8221. Alumni event.

Friday, November 9

First Bank Richmond Classic: Men's basketball vs. University of Michigan-Dearborn, Lingle Court, Student Events Center, 5 p.m.

Saturday, November 10

First Bank Richmond Classic: Men's basketball vs. University of Michigan-Dearborn, Lingle Court, Student Events Center, 3 p.m.

Pioneer Night All-American Presentation: IU East Athletics will present NAIA All-American jerseys of Tia King, Jacoby Claypool and Lucas Huffman. Women's basketball vs. University of Saint Francis, Lingle Court, 5 p.m.

Veterans Parade Planned for November 10th

Posted October 11, 2018

Supplied Flyer: Veterans Parade

Let's remember the sacrifice and service of our heros at the 10th Veteran's Parade on Saturday, November 10, 2018. The parade begins at 12:00 noon at North 11th and North E Streets, moves west on North E Street to Fort Wayne Avenue in Richmond. Held rain or shine! There will also be a Veterans Day Ceremony at 11:00 a.m. on November 11th at Veterans Memorial Park. For more information, call 765.983.PARK.

Wernle Youth & Family Treatment Center To Dedicate New Hawk Center

Posted October 2, 2018

Supplied Image: Hawk Center Decication Invitation

Join Wernle Youth & Family Treatment Center for the Dedication Service of the Hawk Center and the 140th Anniversary Kick-off Celebration on Saturday, November 3, 2018 at 11:00 a.m.

The service will be conduced on campus at the Lingle Wellness Center. Seating is limited; register early.

Tours: The Hawk Center will be open one hour prior to, and one hour following the service.

Online registration is required.

An offering to benefit Wernle will be received during the service.

Cruz-Uribes, Tolleys and Vincents Honored as Recent Inductees to Presidents Circle

Posted October 22, 2018

Indiana University inducted new members to its Presidents Circle during a special ceremony held October 19 in Bloomington. This year's inductees include Indiana University East Chancellor Kathy Cruz-Uribe and Eugene Cruz-Uribe; retired senior lecture of anthropology Rob Tolley and his wife, Nancy; and Jane and Wayne Vincent.

IU inducted 291 individuals into its most prestigious donor recognition society, the Presidents Circle, which honors individuals whose lifetime giving to IU has reached $100,000. IU President Michael A. McRobbie and IU Foundation President Dan Smith presided over the ceremony.

Established in 1992, the Presidents Circle honors Indiana University's most generous donors. New Presidents Circle members were presented with a personalized medallion cast with a portion of the original carillon bells that once rang in the IU Bloomington Student Building. In addition, their names were added to the honor wall in the Indiana Memorial Union.

Eugene and Kathryn Cruz-Uribe

Supplied Photo: IU East Chancellor Kathy Cruz-Uribe and Eugene Cruz-UribeIU East Chancellor Kathy Cruz-Uribe and Eugene Cruz-Uribe

Chancellor Cruz-Uribe joined IU East as the campus' sixth chancellor in 2013. Gene Cruz-Uribe joined her on campus as a tenured professor of history.

The Cruz-Uribes brought a wealth of knowledge and experience to the IU East campus. Both immersed themselves in the culture of the campus and community. They immediately became active supporters of IU East students, fans and regular attendees of IU East Red Wolf athletics, participants in the IU East chorale and members of community boards.

The Cruz-Uribes led by example through their philanthropic support. In 2013, the couple gifted $50,000 to help construct IU East's Student Events and Activities Center. To recognize their generosity, the campus dedicated the Chancellor Kathryn Cruz-Uribe and Eugene Cruz-Uribe Interactive Classroom located in Springwood Hall in September 2017.

Additonally, the Cruz-Uribes made a $100,000 gift to endow the Gloria & Joseph Allwarden and Lillian and Antonio Cruz-Uribe Scholarship, which honors their parents and family heritage. The endowment honnors the support of their parents, who instilled in them the belief that higher education is the key to a better life.

Gene Cruz-Uribe passed away in March of 2018. His support and legacy at IU East continues.

Rob and Nancy Tolley

Supplied Photo: Rob and Nancy TolleyRob and Nancy Tolley

In 1979, Rob and Nancy Tolley joined the IU community as he began teaching anthropology in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at IU East.

Becoming full-time faculty in 1991, Tolley taught hands-on courses in archaeology, anthropology, and sociology, and led students on countless off-campus expeditions to Colorado, Montana, and Utah. Tolley readily earned a reverence from students and fellow faculty alike with his innovative instruction and leadership into the realm of online learning. For many years, Rob also took initiative in the IU East Campus Campaign as a campaign chair and a member in supporting faculty- and staff-led campus giving.

Nancy Tolley, a veteran school psychologist, also shares this passion for giving and higher education, and understands the importance of supporting students through scholarships.

Inspired by the philanthropy of other faculty, the Tolley's made a gift to support vital, hands-on learning in archaeology in the form of the IU East Archaeology Lab-an outdoor facility where students are able to study forensics, excavate sod mounds, and simulate archaeological digs. The Tolleys also donated their time and vision in endowing the Anne Szopa Scholarship in memoriam of the IU East professor of sociology.

Through their gifts, the Tolleys exemplify the contributions and talent that inspired them alongside their individual impact on IU students, faculty, staff, and the IU community. The Tolley's traveled from their home in Wyoming to attend the event.

Wayne and Jane Vincent

Supplied Photo: Wayne and Jane VincentWayne and Jane Vincent

Jane Vincent, a professor emeritus at IU East, and her late husband, Wayne, have long been stewards to IU and the Hoosier state. After receiving both her bachelor's and her master's degrees in nursing at IUPUI in 1957 and 1961. Jane continued her education, earning an Ed.D., while transitioning her invaluable experience in nursing to develop and forward the nursing program at IU East.

Jane Vincent received various teaching and service recognitions, namely the Distinguished Public Service Award from IU Council of Nursing Faculty in 1997; Teaching Excellence Recognition (TERA) 1997 and 1999 from IU East; FACET Award in 1998; 2000 Distinguished Service Award from the IU School of Nursing Alumni Association; The Lifetime Achievement in Nursing Award in 2002 from IU East Nursing Faculty; the State of Indiana Sagamore of the Wabash distinction in 2002, and the IU East Chancellor's Medallion in 2014.

Wayne Vincent was a seasoned organist, lifetime music enthusiast, community activist, avid contemporary art collector, and leader in the field of planned benefit underwriting in Indiana. He brought a multi-faceted perspective to his numerous roles with IU. He served as a member of the Bold Aspirations Campaign Committee, the Eskenazi Building Advisory Board, the Friends of Music at IU Jacobs School of Music, and the IU East Advisory Board. He was inducted into the Wayne County Hall of Fame in 1994 and received the Earlham College Distinguished Alumni Award in 1996. He received the Jefferson Award for Outstanding Community Volunteer from the Indianapolis Star. Additionally, he was recognized for his service to humanity by attaining The Sagamore of the Wabash in 1998 and 2002. He also was honored by being awarded the 1998 IU East Chancellor's Medallion.

As stewards to IU, the Vincents were passionate about giving back to the arts and nursing programs on IU campuses by providing support to the Herron School of Art and Design, the Jacobs School of Music, the IU and IU East School of Nursing, and the Whitewater Valley Annual Art Competition at IU East.

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Richmond Trick or Treat Times

Posted October 30, 2018

Due to inclement weather conditions forecast for Wednesday, the City of Richmond Trick or Treat will be rescheduled to Saturday, November 3rd from 5 pm to 8 pm.

The Halloween Fun Fest event sponsored by the Richmond Police Department will continue as scheduled. This event will be mostly indoors at the Richmond Municipal Building, 50 North 5th Street, Wednesday, October 31st from 5 pm to 8 pm.

Halloween Fun Fest at the Richmond City Building on October 31st

Posted October 11, 2018

Supplied Flyer: Halloween Fun Fest

The Richmond Police Department will be providing a safe alternative to door-to-door trick or treating at the Halloween Fun Fest at the Richmond City Building, 50 North Fifth Street, Richmond on Wednesday, October 31st from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. There will be mini-train rides, games, snacks, fun Halloween decorations, non-spooky surprises and a trunk or treat hosted by multiple agencies.

Senior Adult Ministry October Meeting - October 30th

Posted October 15, 2018

Do you want to meet new friends who are 50 years or older in a Christian setting? This month the Senior Adult Ministry invites you to join us at 6 pm on Tuesday, October 30, at First United Methodist Church, 318 National Road West, Richmond, IN.

Tammy Scotten will give a program on drugs in our area. 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 the last meeting in 2018 will be a Thanksgiving pitch-in. A new calendar of events for 2019 will be available in December.

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.

Trump Expert, Pulitzer-Winning Journalist to Speak at Earlham

Posted October 15, 2018

Supplied Graphic: David Cay Johnston Lecture

David Cay Johnston, a former New York Times reporter who won the Pulitzer Prize for his reporting in 2001 that exposed loopholes and inequities in the U.S. tax code, will speak at Earlham College on Thursday, Oct. 25.

The lecture begins at 7 p.m. in room 105 of the Landrum Bolling Center. The lecture is free and open to the public. No tickets are required, but seating is limited to 150 people and is first come, first serve.

In addition to his work for the New York Times, Johnston has written two best-selling books about U.S. President Donald Trump, including The Making of Donald Trump and, It's Even Worse Than You Think: What the Trump Administration is doing to America.

Johnston is also a frequent guest on national news programs, including "The Rachel Maddow Show" on MSNBC. He recently founded a new investigative journalism site called D.C. Report.

A question and answer session will follow the lecture.

For more information about Earlham events, visit earlham.edu/events.

2018 Rhoads Winner Understands Her Patients' Challenges

Posted October 15, 2018

Supplied Photo: Erica Kretchman, D.O.Erica Kretchman, D.O.

The 2018 Paul S. Rhoads Humanity in Medicine Award winner walks in her patients' shoes every day. Erica Kretchman, D.O., endocrinologist, brings a personal passion – and compassion — for treating a disease she's dealt with herself since she was a teenager.

Dr. Kretchman's selection for the annual recognition was announced Friday evening at an annual medical staff appreciation and new physician reception in Richmond. Nominations for the award are solicited each year from patients, physicians and health care workers in honor of the late Paul S. Rhoads, M.D., who received the first award in 1983.

"I work to empower those who I'm caring for to not necessarily hide their diabetes," Dr. Kretchman said. "It is something I use as a tool." Colleagues say her personal experience with Type 1 diabetes since she was diagnosed at age 15 is one of the keys to how well she relates and understands her patients.

Craig Kinyon, Reid Health President/CEO, said Dr. Kretchman's passion and compassion are evident not just to her patients, but to her office staff and others on the Reid Health team. "Dr. Kretchman has had such a positive impact on Reid and on our community in just a few short years. She has established and grown the Reid Endocrinology Center and helped build our outreach and education to the region. She is a coach. She is a leader. She is a person who truly cares about her patients and she understands their challenges. And that is priceless."

Rohit Bawa, M.D., who chairs the RHPA Network Operations Council, cited Dr. Kretchman's work to establish and build the Reid Health endocrinology program. "She has been instrumental in developing best practice protocols for diabetes treatment and management. She is also very involved and engaged as a colleague and physician."

Jennifer Bales, M.D., emergency physician, met Dr. Kretchman soon after she joined Reid, and they have become good friends. "She has a real passion for her patients and for diabetes," Dr. Bales said. "She loves her patients – and they love her back. She knows how difficult diabetes can be," she added. Dr. Bales sometimes will see a patient of Dr. Kretchman in emergency situations and is helpful with them. "She knows her patients by heart."

Christie Ferriell, who has worked with the Diabetes & Nutrition Education Program at Reid Health for many years, said the program was one of the things that drew Dr. Kretchman to Richmond. She said that soon after Dr. Kretchman joined the Endocrinology Center, the doctor engaged with a patient after an annual diabetes event in Lingle Auditorium and found out she had run out of insulin. "Dr. Kretchman took her to her office and made sure she did not leave without the medicine she needed."

A native of Michigan, Dr. Kretchman grew up in a remote suburb of Detroit. She has a bachelor's of science in Clinical Laboratory Science from Michigan State University in East Lansing and her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from Des Moines University in Des Moines, Iowa.

The first time she came to Reid Health for an interview, she only came for the experience and had no intention of coming to Indiana. However, she and her husband, Jason, fell in love with the Richmond area. with Reid Health and with what the health system had to offer. With two small children – Elise who is now nine and Cameron who is six — they found the region offered much to a young family. Jason is a stay-at-home dad who takes care of the home and getting the kids to numerous activities.

Dr. Kretchman was told when she was diagnosed by the doctor that diabetes would be cured within five years. So she wasn't initially as committed to managing her disease. She was torn between a love for science and music. She was a drum major and plays the bassoon, flute, violin and piano.

"Erica with diabetes is why Erica is a doctor. It gave me a passion in life," she says. Her passion extends to motivating her patients. With so many options for treatment, she sometimes gets frustrated when she knows a patient can manage the disease and live a healthy life. "Diabetes is not a disease we can't control. We have all these tools and medications."

Dr. Kretchman walks the talk she gives her patients on the importance of exercise and controlling blood sugar levels. Her exercise choice is running. "I use it as a way to keep me under control and stay healthy. And if I'm asking others to do it, I need to do it."

The Humanity in Medicine award and celebration, authorized as an annual event by Reid's governing board in 1983, honors the memory of Dr. Rhoads for his service to patients and medicine. He was the founding director of Reid's Medical Education Department, helped organize the hospice program and the Wayne County adult clinic for the indigent.


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Wayne County FAFSA Days for 2018 - 2019

Posted October 11, 2018

Supplied Flyer: Wayne County FAFSA Days

Get FREE hands-on assistance in completing the 2019-2020 Free Application for Federal Student Assistance (FAFSA). Indiana's application filing deadiline is April 15th, 2019. For more information, contact Christy Tollett at 765.973.8328.

Singles Interaction, Inc. October 2018 NewsLetter

Posted September 17, 2018

Supplied Flyer: Singles Interaction Newsletter for October 2018

If you are 21 years of age or better and single, divorced, widow or widower, Singles' Interaction invites you to join them on Friday nights. Come to the Eagles Lodge, 75 South 12th Street, Richmond (membership not required) and meet other single people in the Richmond area.

Come, socialize, dance, and enjoy yourself!

Beginners Guide to Grant Writing

Posted July 25, 2018

Flyer: Beginners Guide to Grant Writing

The two-day Beginner's Guide to Grant Writing program is a great skill builder for the beginner or intermediate grant writer. Whatever your skill level, come with an idea and be ready to write. AT the end of Day One, you'll have a proposal outline and all of the resources you need to expand your outline into a full proposal.

Return on Day Two with your full proposal and we will put you into the role of a reviewer, teach you strategies for finding funding, and provide you with an opportunity to polish your proposal and send it in for a strong professional review.

Whether your project is big or small, this workshop will give you the information you need to submit proposals confidently.

When: Friday, September 28 and Friday, October 26, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. EDT

Where: Purdue Polytechnic Richmond, 2325 Chester Boulevard, Tom Raper Hall, Rooms 214 and 218, Richmond, Indiana 47374

Cost: The workshop is $175, which includes all materials and lunch on both days.

Registration: Registration is available by visiting this link. For more information, contact Gretchen Bane at 765.973.8228 or gbane@purdue.edu, or Kym Schwinkendorf at kschwink@purdue.edu or 219.386.5232.

Please register by Friday, September 21, 2018.

One Book, Many Voices

Posted October 2, 2018

We invite you to participate in the 2018 Indiana University East "One Book, Many Voices" project.

This year we are hosting a campus-community workshop that features social justice advocate Reverend Faith Fowler, "Building Blocks: Community Action to End Homelessness" from 2-4 p.m. on Wed., Oct 24 at Whitewater Hall on the IU East campus. Faith's second book, Tiny Homes in a Big City, specifically focuses on a tiny homes project she developed in Detroit to resolve chronic homelessness. In light of the success of that project, this workshop will bring together community members, students, faculty, and staff to:

  • Learn about innovative solutions to homelessness and some of the challenges involved
  • Provide an opportunity to discuss problems and solutions, specific to our community
  • Registration is required (maximum of 50 participants) https://onebook2018workshop.eventbrite.com. Attendees will receive a free copy of each book - This Far by Faith and Tiny Homes in a Big City.

    We also invite you to attend Faith's author presentation at 7 p.m. at Indiana University East's Vivian Auditorium, located in Whitewater Hall. Reverend Fowler's work on homelessness, hunger, joblessness and other endemic issues in the Cass Community has been duly recognized both in her hometown of Detroit, Michigan and nationally. Please join community members and IU East students, staff and faculty as Faith discusses her struggles and successes with resolving community problems, plus lessons we can take away from her work. https://faithfowler-onebook2018.eventbrite.com - reservation recommended

    We value your participation and hope you can join us at one or both events!

    More about One Book 2018: http://iue.libguides.com/onebook2018

    Questions? fyates@iue.edu

    Salvation Army Christmas Assistance Sign Up Dates Announced

    Posted October 11, 2018

    Supplied Flyer: Christmas Assistance Sign Up Dates

    The Salvation Army, Richmond Citadel Corps, will be taking applications for Christmas assistance for food and toys (for those with children) for ALL FAMILIES beginning on Wednesday, October 17th - Thursday, October 18th from 9am-11:30am and 1pm to 3pm, also on Friday, October 19th from 1pm - 6pm.

    Those with children up to 14 can apply for the Toy Shop / Angel Tree Program. There is NO application for the Adopt-a-Family as those families are chosen through the donors requests.

    All households can apply for the Seasonal Food Baskets / Cards at that time.

    For more information, call 765.966.7791.

    Free Tickets Available Online for One Book, Many Voices Author Faith Fowler Presentation on Oct. 24

    Posted October 16, 2018

    Indiana University East's "One Book, Many Voices" project this year focuses on the selected book, This Far by Faith, by the Rev. Faith Fowler.

    Supplied Photo: Faith FowlerFaith Fowler

    Fowler will present at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, October 24, in Vivian Auditorium, located in Whitewater Hall on the IU East campus. The event is free and open to the public, but a reservation is requested and can be completed online at faithfowler-onebook2018.eventbrite.com.

    The book and topic presentation will focus on her work in the Cass Community in Detroit, Michigan.

    This is the seventh annual year for IU East's "One Book, Many Voices" project. The project's mission is to foster a campus and community discussion about themes and ideas inspired by a common text in an effort to develop camaraderie, inform knowledge, and inspire action towards positive civic engagement and improvement.

    Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs TJ Rivard is the chair of the "One Book, Many Voices" committee.

    "We are very excited to have Faith Fowler on our campus, not only because of her accomplishments with the Cass Community and the passion she has for her work in Detroit, but also because of what the workshop and the evening presentation could inspire for our own community," Rivard said. "Her book doesn't preach but simply lays out the stories that informed her experience, reminding us that while there is always something that needs to be done, our first task is to break down the barriers that sometimes define us: 'The workers are black and white, young and old, gay and straight, Christian, Muslim, and Jewish. They are the anti-wall, symbolically reminding us...that we can decide to make walls a thing of the past.'"

    Frances Yates, director of the Campus Library and interim Chief Diversity Officer, said that Fowler's books are both inspirational and practical. Yates is a member of the "One Book, Many Voices" committee.

    "Her insights and experiences can inform our campus-community dialogue about local challenges," Yates said.

    Fowler is the senior pastor of Cass Community United Methodist Church and executive director of Cass Community Social Services (CCSS), a Detroit nonprofit agency which responds to poverty with programs for food, health care, housing and employment. She has held these roles since 1994.

    Beyond her work at CCSS, Fowler has served as a board member for the Cass Corridor Neighborhood Development Corporation (CCNDC), an advisory board member of the Detroit Area Agency on Aging, as well as a board member and trustee for the General Board of Church and Society. She currently is a trustee at Albion College.

    Prior to coming to Cass Community, from 1986 until 1994 Fowler was the pastor of William S. Ford Memorial United Methodist Church in Detroit. From 1983 to 1986, she worked with the Catholic Chaplaincy Team at Walpole Maximum Security Prison in Massachusetts.

    Fowler graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Albion College. She received a Master of Divinity degree from the Boston University School of Theology and a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Michigan-Dearborn. She currently serves as an adjunct professor for the University of Michigan - Dearborn.

    Her interests include reading, running, the environment and travel. Fowler has finished the Boston Marathon four times. She has visited Zimbabwe, Africa; Sydney, Australia; Seoul, Korea; Russia; as well as several countries in Europe and England.

    Prior to Fowler's presentation, IU East will host several events on campus.

    For more information, visit iue.edu/onebook. Additionally, the Campus Library has developed a resource guide with information about the author, the book, and other resources for readers. The resource guide is available at iue.libguides.com.

    "One Book, Many Voices" Schedule Events on October 24

    Student Posters
    All day
    Whitewater Hall, Meijer Artway
    Student posters presenting community problems and solutions will be available for perusal.

    Film: The Last Days of Chinatown

    11 a.m.
    Whitewater Hall, First Bank Richmond Community Room
    Filmmaker and artist Nicole McDonald traces the history and gentrification of the Cass Corridor's south end, which was partially razed in 2017 to build a sports arena. This film addresses longstanding issues in the neighborhood such as poverty, disability and eminent domain laws which have been used many times in Detroit's history.

    Building Blocks: Community Action to End Homelessness

    2 p.m.
    Whitewater Hall, First Bank Richmond Community Room
    RSVP Required: To reserve your seat for this event, visit https://onebook2018workshop.eventbrite.com. Maximum 50 participants.

    Faith Fowler's second book, Tiny Homes in the Big City, specifically focuses on the tiny homes project. This workshop will bring together community members, students, faculty, and staff to:

    • Learn about innovative solutions to homelessness and some of the challenges involved
    • Provide an opportunity to discuss problems and solutions, specific to our community.
    • A copy of both the "One Book, Many Voices" book, This Far by Faith and Tiny Homes in a Big City, will be distributed to workshop participants.
    Writer's Circle

    4:30 p.m.
    Whitewater Hall, First Bank Richmond Community Room
    Led by Kelly Blewett, visiting assistant professor of English, this hands-on exercise allows participants to explore community issues through writing.

    "One Book, Many Voices" Presentation by Rev. Faith Fowler, author of This Far by Faith

    7 p.m.
    Whitewater Hall, Vivian Auditorium
    RSVP: Free and open to the public. Reservations requested at faithfowler-onebook2018.eventbrite.com

    Rev. Faith Fowler's work on homelessness, hunger, joblessness and other endemic issues in the Cass Community has been duly recognized both in her hometown of Detroit, Michigan and nationally. Please join community members and IU East students, staff and faculty as Faith discusses her struggles and successes with resolving community problems, plus lessons we can take away from her work. Faith's talk will be followed by an autograph session.

    Veteran Resource Fair and Hiring Event - Friday, October 19th

    Posted October 11, 2018

    Supplied Flyer: Veteran Resource Fair

    The 2018 Eastern Indiana Veteran Resource Fair and Hiring Event will be held on Friday, October 19, 2018 at the Raper Center at the Wayne County Fairgrounds, 861 N. Salisbury Road, Richmond from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Note: Doors will close at 1:00 p.m. Free lunch for the first 300 veterans! Veterans can receive free health screenings, governmental resources, mental health resources, education information, employment opportunities and other community resources. For more information, call Brian Rea at 765.238.0007.

    Music at the Club - Friday, October 19th

    Posted October 15, 2018

    Supplied Flyer: Last "Music at the Club"

    The final Music at the Club event for the 2018 season will be held Friday, October 19. Featured artists for this music and dancing event are Frank DeVito, Steve Mathews, Kevin McDonald and Lorna Bonner. Music at the Club is open to the public and held at Forest Hills Country Club, 2169 South 23rd St in Richmond, IN. There is a $10 per person cover charge at the door. The doors will open at 6 p.m. Food and drinks are available for purchase. The band will play from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

    Contact 765.962.2860 or starrgennettfoundation@gmail.com with questions.

    Billboards Campaign for Science Ahead of November Elections

    Posted October 2, 2018

    Supplied Photo: Billboard reading: Keep the Faith... and Vote for Science

    The graphic designers known as Class Action have installed a provocative billboard between Richmond and Dayton, on I-70 just west of the Ohio line for traffic heading eastward across the county. The billboard is part of a public art project that addresses the current administration's policies to sideline science. The billboard reads KEEP THE FAITH… AND VOTE FOR SCIENCE. The aim is to urge voters to support pro-science candidates in the upcoming elections.

    "The billboards grab the viewer's attention by employing an everyday expression of optimism that is familiar regardless of one's religious beliefs," said the Class Action designers, who work and prefer to speak collectively. "The phrase 'KEEP THE FAITH' is juxtaposed with a call to support science, something we often take for granted even though we depend on it in our medicines, smartphones, cars and more. The core message is that science and religion do co-exist, despite the oppositional approach that pervades the current political landscape."

    This billboard is part of series produced by Class Action. Three similar billboards appeared on I-95 in Connecticut throughout the month of September. See them here. Another KEEP THE FAITH billboard will go up in the Orlando, Florida area this week.

    "The results of the November midterm elections are critical to upcoming decisions on science-based policies," continued the group. "Most Americans know that science provides practical solutions to urgent issues such as disease, global warming, nuclear threat and an exploding world population's need for food, energy and transportation. These billboards remind us all that we can support science while still maintaining spiritual beliefs."

    This public art project is supported by a grant from the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), through its Art for Science Rising program. The UCS conducted a national search for "public-facing art that highlights the role science plays in protecting our health and safety, and the critical role we all play in ensuring that science isn't sidelined." The campaign has been adopted by For Freedoms, to include in their 50 State Initiative, a national program that uses art to promote democratic participation.

    Porter Advertising of Richmond, Indiana provided the space and installation services for this billboard.

    IU East celebrates Spirit of Philanthropy

    Posted October 2, 2018

    Supplied Photo: Showcase Student of Sucess SpeakersShowcase of Student Success speakers during the Spirit of Philanthropy included:
    (Back Row, Left to Right) Austin Haus, Taylor Webster, Seth Reynolds, Nate Niehoff and Macy Gard.
    (Front Row, Left to Right) Liz Weber, Ana Aquino, Tiana Lyell and Paige Gray.

    Indiana University East students welcomed community supporters to campus in appreciation of their contributions toward scholarships, internships, leadership experiences and community service opportunities. Guests were invited to the Spirit of Philanthropy Luncheon held September 28 in the lobby of Whitewater Hall on campus.

    The student-led event featured speakers for the Showcase of Student Success. Students shared their experiences and accomplishments during the luncheon. This year's student speakers included:

    Ana Aquino is from Richmond, Indiana, and is a junior majoring in biochemistry and Spanish. She is a member of the Student Government Association, vice president of Circle K International, an Admissions Ambassador, a supplemental instruction leader, a bilingual literacy coach, and a barista at Brewfus. She co-organized the Hispanic College Night at Richmond High School and will speak about her IU East experience as a Latina. She is a first-generation American and first-generation college student in her family. Aquino has studied abroad in Costa Rica for three weeks with a Spanish language and culture course, and she was able to present research at a conference.

    Macy Gard is from Richmond, Indiana, and is a junior majoring in human life science with a minor in chemistry. She is part of an alumni Legacy Circle family with her mother, brother, and sister graduating from IU East. Gard is a member of the Student Activities Advisory Team (SAAT); treasurer of the Student Government Association; president of Students Today, Alumni Tomorrow (STAT); a member of Pack Attack; a peer mentor in a First-Year Seminar course; and she is a work-study for the School of Natural Science and Mathematics academic advisors. Gard spoke about doing astronomy research with Wes Tobin, assistant professor of physics, and working as Rufus the Red Wolf's handler at campus and community events. She also shared about working alongside SAAT to plan student activities and events with the Office of Campus Life.

    Paige Gray is from Hagerstown, Indiana, and is a senior majoring in business administration with a concentration in managerial accounting. Gray is in the Honors Program, vice president of the Student Government Association, a member of the Institute of Management Accountants Student Chapter, and she works as a work-study for the Office of Athletics and the Honors Program. Gray has presented research at multiple Mideast Honors Association conferences, and has most recently studied abroad in China with faculty members Lee Zhong, associate professor of economics and finance, and Kristoffer Rees, assistant professor of political science. She spoke about other opportunities offered by the Honors Program including the trip to Stratford, Ontario, for the Shakespeare Festival. She also shared about her work with Tim Scales, senior lecturer in business, on her senior thesis that brought 50 IU East graduates back to campus to interview about their work as entrepreneurs and leaders (related to IU East's upcoming 50th anniversary and the IU Bicentennial).

    Austin Haus is from Hagerstown, Indiana, and is a junior majoring in humanities with a concentration in music. Haus played an original piano piece, titled Eclipse of Hope, at the luncheon.

    Tiana Lyell is from Indianapolis, Indiana, and is a sophomore double majoring in secondary education and mathematics. Lyell is a tutor for the Math Counts! Program. She is a volunteer in the Math and Science Center, volunteers for Habitat for Humanity's Women Build project, and various other community projects. Lyell is a member of the local roller derby team, Dire Skates. She spoke about her passion for mathematics education, her journey from Indianapolis to Texas to IU East, and the benefits of being an online student while raising her daughter. Lyell is looking forward to teaching in the Wayne County area after graduating.

    Nathan Niehoff is from Rushville, Indiana, and is a senior majoring in business administration with a concentration in finance. Niehoff is part of an alumni Legacy Circle family, a member of IU East men's basketball team, an All-American athlete, a member of the student-athlete advisory committee, a work-study for the Office of Campus Life, and an Admissions Ambassador. He spoke about his experience as a student-athlete, and what it is like to follow in the footsteps of his brother, Devon Niehoff, to play basketball at IU East. He also shared about his internship with First Bank Richmond, and his passion for financial literacy. Niehoff hopes to enter the field of finance upon graduation.

    Seth Reynolds is from Eaton, Ohio, and is a senior majoring in human life science with minors in chemistry, neuroscience, and psychology. Reynolds is an All-American athlete, a member of the IU East men's track and field team, an Admissions Ambassador, and he works at the Campus Bookstore. Reynolds shared about his experiences and travel with athletics and how IU East academics and programs have helped him to be successful. Reynolds hopes to enter a physical therapy doctoral program upon graduation.

    Liz Weber is from Connersville, Indiana, and is a junior majoring in nursing. Weber spoke about her experience as a nontraditional student in starting college for the 4th time since having lived in Ohio, New Mexico, Montana, and Okinawa, Japan due to her husband's active duty service in the United States Air Force. Weber also shared her admiration for the IU East nursing program for the simulations, facilities, volunteer activities, and faculty who are helping her to become a confident and competent nurse. Weber hopes to join medical professionals in the fields of endocrinology or dermatology after graduation, with an interest in one day becoming a nurse practitioner.

    Taylor Webster is from Richmond, Indiana, and is a senior majoring in political science with a criminal justice minor. Webster was the emcee for the luncheon and is currently the president of the Student Government Association and the Multicultural Affairs Club, an Admissions Ambassador, a scorer for IU East volleyball and basketball, a peer mentor in a First-Year Seminar course, and a consultant in the Communications Center. Webster spoke about her experiences in travelling to Washington, D.C., with a criminal justice course to learn about crime and politics, and her two trips to the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in Fort Worth, Texas and then this past spring in New Orleans, Louisiana. Taylor discussed how she was able to deepen her understanding of diversity in higher education and bring the knowledge she learned at the conferences to her campus involvement. Webster also discussed her internship with Tiffani Selhorst, head coach for women's basketball, regarding Title IX in IU East Athletics and the larger excitement she has for pursuing a degree in law after IU East.

    LifeStream & QSource to kick off National Caregivers Month in November with Workshop at Kennedy Library in Muncie

    Posted October 2, 2018

    Supplied Flyer: Lifestream Workshop

    LifeStream Services and QSource, a healthcare quality improvement consultancy, are partnering with local organizations to host a Caregiver Workshop to kick-off National Caregivers Month in November.

    This free workshop features detailed discussions on caregiver resources available, vaccinations, diabetes, heart health, Medicare, and transition of care. Flu shots will be available by Kroger Pharmacy, in addition to risk screenings for Diabetes and Heart Disease.

    Caregiver Workshop will be held on November 1 from 9am to noon at Kennedy Library located at 1700 W. McGalliard Rd. Muncie, IN 47303. This is an opportunity for caregivers to get their questions answered by healthcare professionals, and learn how to navigate the often complex system of healthcare.

    Refreshments will be provided.

    For more information on Caregiver Workshop visit www.lifestreaminc.org or contact LifeStream's Information & Assistance Department by calling 800-589-1121 or emailing i&a@lifestreaminc.org.

    LifeStream is an Area Agency on Aging that works to improve the quality of life for people at risk of losing their independence. Programs and services include care management, transportation, in-home care, Senior Cafes, home-delivered meals, guardianships, caregiver support, home modifications, information and assistance, volunteer opportunities and more. For more about the organization call (800) 589-1121 or visit online at www.lifestreaminc.org and follow on Facebook at www.facebook.com/lifestreamservices.

    IU East School of Nursing and Health Sciences Graduates Quickly Land Regional Jobs

    Posted October 2, 2018

    Part 1 of a 4 Part Series

    Graduates of Indiana University East's School of Nursing and Health Sciences are being sought by regional health care employers, and many of those hires are rising quickly in their profession.

    Supplied Photo: Woman Checks Another Woman's EarThe School of Nursing and Health Sciences graduates are finding employment in their profession right after graduation.

    Recent alumni are grateful for the close connections they've developed with faculty mentors and the use of cutting-edge technology during their instruction.

    For instance, Tyler Evans, who earned a B.S.N. in 2013 and an M.S.N. in 2016, said finding his first job was a very smooth process. Through his initial position as a registered nurse at Reid Health in Richmond, he helped heart and lung surgery patients with their recovery.

    Evans has since made internal advancements at Reid. In addition to his time in the intensive care unit, he has been able to start the Transition Coaching program, work as a team leader in the cardiac cath lab, and most recently joined management, where he has overseen many units and projects.

    "I hear a lot of people say that a small school can't provide you with what you need to be successful, but I am living proof that if you take advantage of your opportunities, you can make the most of it," Evans said.

    Evans said he had made connections at Reid through his clinical experiences and took a role as a student nurse during his senior year of nursing school. He was able to accept a position before graduation because of his position as a student nurse, and started his orientation before passing his boards, so he was a step ahead coming out of school.

    He said he feels IU East's School of Nursing and Health Sciences prepared him well for the challenges of nursing after graduation.

    "After my B.S.N., I was able to take a position in a high acuity area and felt confident in my ability to critically think and care for all patients," Evans said. "After my M.S.N. graduation, I quickly transitioned into a management role and felt like I had the skills needed to lead a diverse work force and strategically think ahead for the development of the departments."

    Amber Huelskamp, a 2018 B.S.N. graduate, said she felt very prepared for the working world as well.

    "Through many simulations, I became confident in my abilities and now apply those learning experiences to real-life situations," Huelskamp said. "Most of all, I am thankful for being certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support upon graduation, because this allows me to provide the best care possible to my patients, especially in the ICU."

    Huelskamp is now a registered nurse in the intensive care unit at IU Health Ball Memorial. The Jay County High School graduate did her capstone experience with the resource pool at the Muncie hospital. She applied for a job at Ball Memorial's ICU about a month before graduation, and soon was offered her position after an impromptu interview with the manager.

    Huelskamp is not alone in finding a job quickly after graduation. IU East surveyed those who received a B.S.N. in 2016, and nearly 91 percent of those who responded had started work within 6 months of graduation, with all but one within a year.

    Donald Day Jr., DNP, MSNL, RN, who returned to the region last fall to become the Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President of Patient Care Services for Fayette Regional Health System in Connersville, said IU East students are well trained and well prepared to meet the expectations of the challenging workplace.

    "They are not just taking care of people, they are also learning how to implement many different initiatives that add to the patient experience which many nurses have been able to learn over many years," said Day, who completed his undergraduate studies at IU East in 1998. "The students today learn quickly and are very engaged in helping the patient receive the best care possible."

    As a hiring manager of talent while at Reid Health, Day said he always received great candidates from IU East and hired many of them who applied. Day said he also had extra insight as he had worked in the IU East skills lab through his first year as a unit director, so he had the opportunity to meet many of the students applying for work in the clinical setting.

    Rachel Rose, who earned her B.S.N. in 2011 and M.S.N. in 2016, has gained additional appreciation for her IU East experience after entering the workforce.

    "Now that I have spent several years in different nursing positions, helping train new nurses to their roles, and working with nurses who graduated from other schools in Indiana, I have a much better understanding of the wonderful education I received from IU East," Rose said. "I had wonderful instructors in MedSurg, psychology, pediatrics, critical care, and management. I was exposed to a wide range of patient population types, which helped me to know where I wanted to start my nursing career. I also had wonderful instructors, some of which I still have a relationship with to this day."

    Personal connections help lead to jobs

    Alumni say one of the benefits of IU East's nursing program is the faculty's dedication to serving as student mentors and staying connected after graduation.

    "The connections I made within the School of Nursing, both with peers and faculty, can only be described as family," Huelskamp said. "We celebrated one another at our highs and supported each other through the lows. Shelly Burns was my mentor for my honors senior thesis, and now we greet each other with an eager hug every time to catch up."

    "God truly knew what He was doing in leading me to IU East over four years ago," Huelskamp said. "Nursing school at IU East gave me more than a great education and the skills necessary to become an awesome nurse; it gave me a family for a lifetime. My peers and faculty supported me throughout every step of the journey. I am thankful for the affordable education, without compromising on quality or opportunities."

    Rose said the connections she made with her mentor and her mentor's connections through the RN to B.S.N. program helped her obtain her first nursing job at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital as a bedside nurse on the medical telemetry unit.

    Rose stayed in that role full time for a year before taking a job in critical care at Reid Health. While she was working there and enrolled in IU East's M.S.N. program, another connection formed with a peer at IU East led her to her first job in management at Fayette Regional Health System.

    Currently, Rose is working as a travel nurse, so she takes short 13-week contracts to any hospital in the United States or beyond that needs her services.

    "I think that IU East gave me the confidence and tools I needed to know I can pursue any position in nursing that I desire," Rose said. "... I am very grateful for both degrees that I've been able to obtain at IU East. I have two world-class degrees, but I never had to leave home to get them."

    Evans said he's fortunate to have gained the experience and lifelong peer relationships that he formed while in school.

    "I have a network of peers that reaches across state lines now that I can tap into at any time," Evans said.

    Evans said he also was fortunate to have several influential faculty mentors during his undergraduate and graduate studies, such as Paula Baumann, Amanda Carmack and Diane Baker. He said Dean Karen Clark has also stayed in contact and asks him to occasionally help with the program, and he really enjoys giving back.

    Day stays in contact with some of his professors from the 1990s as well.

    "They are truly touching communities throughout the world with their programs for students," he said.

    To help IU East stay current with the changing needs of the profession, its School of Nursing Advisory Council works to ensure the program remains visionary, collaborative and produces quality nurses. Day is a member of the council.

    Clark welcomes alumni involvement and support of the school and its students as they go out in the community. She said scholarship donations are also extremely helpful.

    Rose is extremely thankful for the scholarships she received from the Whitewater Valley Chapter of IU Alumni Association during her undergraduate nursing studies. That support from IU alumni made it possible for her to pursue a master's degree.

    "I am most grateful for my ability to work full-time and obtain my M.S.N. degree without having to take on huge student loans like I have seen some of my peers do to complete M.S.N. degrees at other Indiana schools or online degrees," Rose said. "The IU East nursing program is a huge asset to the community."

    Hayes Arboretum Recognizes Wayne County Foundation with Award

    Posted October 2, 2018

    Supplied Photo: Steve Borchers, Ron McDaniel, Steve Hayes, Jr.Wayne County Foundation was recognized for its charitable work associated with Hayes Arboretum at the Arboretum's annual dinner, receiving the Ronald L. McDaniel Award for Charitable Giving.

    The Ronald L. McDaniel Award for Charitable Giving was established to recognize outstanding support related to philanthropic contributions to the Arboretum, supporting its mission of environmental education. Mr. McDaniel, owner of Western-Cullen-Hayes Inc., grew up in the Richmond area. He is associated with five generations of the Hayes family, beginning with Stanley W. Hayes as an employee of the Hayes Track Appliance Company in 1957. Since 1998 Mr. McDaniel has served on the Stanley W. Hayes Research Foundation Board, giving generously with his time and financial resources.

    Wayne County Foundation has long been a supporter of Hayes Arboretum. Throughout Wayne County Foundation's over 40-year history, the Arboretum has benefited from Foundation grant funding, the Challenge Match program, and a permanent education endowment. Over the past four years, Wayne County Foundation has helped generate over $80,000 in contributions, improving the Arboretum's ability to enrich the lives of community members through environmental education.

    Among the Wayne County Foundation's contributions, was a $9,500 grant to support the construction of a Playscape. This free space, located near the Arboretum's nature center, is open to the public. The Playscape encourages outdoor exploration through interactive experiences and play, and has received distinction as a Certified Nature Explore Classroom by the Nature Explore Program.

    Arboretum Executive Director, Stephen Hayes Jr. comments, "The Wayne County Foundation is a tremendous financial asset and educational resource that positively impacts the lives of our community members. The thoughtful distribution of funds demonstrated by the Foundation addresses the needs of our community while encouraging a spirit of giving."

    Graduates from the School of Nursing and Health Sciences: Local, Global Ties

    Posted October 2, 2018

    Part 2 of a 4 Part Series

    Graduates say they've benefited from being able to learn nursing close to home, with opportunities in areas of care they're passionate about, to serve their communities.

    Supplied Photo: IU East nursing students travel to Chinle, Arizona, in the Navajo Nation, as well as Washington, D.C., Belize and many other areas to gain experience.IU East nursing students travel to Chinle, Arizona, in the Navajo Nation, as well as Washington, D.C., Belize and many other areas to gain experience.

    Donald Day Jr., DNP, MSNL, RN, chief nursing officer and vice president of Patient Care Services for Fayette Regional Health System, said he his experience while a nursing student at IU East prepared him for graduate work and for a career.

    "IU East prepared me very well for the real world of nursing," Day said. "The team of professors at IU East really made nursing and learning fun and engaging. They helped me to be as prepared as I could be."

    IU East offers prospective nurses the opportunity to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, or they can receive additional education locally to become a nurse practitioner.

    The university is preparing nurses to cover a variety of health care needs. It now has approximately 350 students between its undergraduate and graduate programs.

    The B.S.N. is available in Richmond, and the mobility option helping registered nurses earn their B.S.N. is offered in Lawrenceburg, Madison, Richmond and online. This past summer, IU East received full continuing accreditation for its B.S.N. program through 2025.

    Three tracks are available in IU East's Master of Science in Nursing program: nursing education, nursing administration, and family nurse practitioner.

    Community collaboration also enhances the local program for undergraduates and graduate students. IU East has more than 60 clinical agency contracts.

    Amber Huelskamp, a 2018 B.S.N. graduate who now works at IU Health Ball Memorial, said she learned how to work alongside people from a variety of backgrounds during her service in the community.

    Tyler Evans, who earned a B.S.N. in 2013 and an M.S.N. in 2016 and works at Reid Health, said IU East students are very fortunate in the fact that nearly all of the resources needed are provided locally. He said that a lot of his clinical time was spent in the community.

    "I have grown up and worked in the same 20 miles my entire life, so knowing that I could learn and have opportunities here was a huge factor on where I am today professionally," Evans said.

    Day remembers his community service experiences at Reid Hospital (now Reid Health) and through the IU East Center of Health Promotion. He and his classmates offered screenings for seniors through the Area 9 Agency on Aging (now LifeStream), from communities ranging from Fountain City to Brookville, Indiana.

    Rachel Rose, who earned her B.S.N. in 2011 and M.S.N. in 2016 and now works as a traveling nurse, said some of her best memories of her undergraduate degree include serving the Wayne County community.

    "My first clinicals were at a local nursing home. It was there that you could really begin to see how compassionate caring made all the difference," Rose said.

    Rose also had clinicals at Richmond State Hospital, Reid and Centerville-Abington Community Schools, as well as opportunities in Indianapolis and Dayton.

    IU East School of Nursing and Health Sciences Dean Karen Clark said community collaboration is important, as it provides real-world opportunities for clinical decision making and creative problem solving.

    "As health care moves out of the hospital and there is a greater focus on population health, nurses will work in these venues providing both wellness and population health care at greater levels," Clark said.

    One example of a community collaboration for IU East is Open Arms Ministries. OAM is a faith-based coalition of churches and other social ministries that provides a clearinghouse of need-based services in the greater Richmond area.

    Clark serves on the organization's board and currently is its president, and Assistant Professor of Nursing LaDonna Dulemba has a background in rural health and serves on OAM's homelessness committee.

    Senior nursing students complete community and/or leadership clinicals at OAM, learning how to case manage, use community resources, develop and implement programming. Through service learning outreach, IU East's sophomores complete time at OAM assisting in resource management as they work toward their bachelor's degrees.

    Another example of collaboration is student clinical placements in area schools. By working with school nurses and providing care to children where they are, Clark said IU East students increase their knowledge of health promotion, disease prevention, and disease management with the pediatric population often not seen in acute care environments.

    Beyond Wayne and surrounding counties, IU East students have opportunities to expand their skills around the world as well.

    Students are understanding the mission aspect of health care through the university's travel experiences to places such as Chinle, Arizona, in the Navajo Nation, as well as Washington, D.C., England and Belize.

    Huelskamp went to Belize with a group from IU East, and said she is looking forward to returning to Belize soon to serve the people once again as a registered nurse.

    IU East nursing faculty are also receiving international recognition. Assistant Professor of Nursing Gloria Dixon and Dulemba were among those selected to present a 90-minute symposium at the Sigma Theta Tau International Research Congress in Melbourne, Australia, this summer.

    First recipient of Venus Williams Tennis Scholarship is a First-Year Red Wolf

    Posted October 2, 2018

    Supplied Photo: Thais MendezThais Mendez

    Thais Mendez is the first recipient of the Venus Williams Tennis Scholarship. The scholarship, named after distinguished IU East alumna and accomplished professional tennis player Venus Williams, was endowed by Larry and Jane Richards.

    Mendez is from Viña del Mar, Chile. She is a junior business administration major.

    "This scholarship certainly means a lot to me as a tennis player and as a student," Mendez said. "First, to receive a scholarship that has the name of a great tennis player is incredible, and at the same time to know that she studied here at this university, makes it even better. This scholarship helps me to finance extra things for the university so it is a great support since everything here tends to be more expensive than in my country. I am very grateful to IU East for granting me this scholarship."

    Mendez signed with IU East as a transfer in July 2018. She has played tennis since 2002. Mendez played at NCAA Division II West Liberty University before she transferred to play tennis at IU East this year.

    Erskine Ratchford, head coach for women's tennis, said Mendez personifies what it means to be a student-athlete. He noted she makes an effort to improve as a player, but also helps her fellow teammates as well to be better. For this reason, she serves as the team captain.

    "I'm really excited to have Thais on our team," Ratchford said. "She's not only an outstading player, but also an outstanding person. She continues to get better. She is going to be a real force in our conference."

    While at West Liberty, Mendez was the No. 1 singles player for most of the 2017-18 season. She finished the year with a 13-6 overall singles record and also a 13-6 record at No. 1 doubles. West Liberty reached the NCAA Division II regional tournament. She was No. 20 in the ITA NCAA Division II Atlantic Region singles rankings and No. 3 in the region doubles rankings. She made the all-conference team during the fall season.

    Assistant women's tennis coach Ty Butler said, "Thais has been a positive influence on the team since the day she arrived on campus. We are thrilled to have her join the Red Wolf family and contribute to IU East on and off the tennis court. With her athletic capabilities, the opportunities are endless this season. Thais is the perfect student athlete to be given this scholarship."

    At IU East, Mendez won the top singles and doubles divisions at the River States Conference Individual Tournament held the first weekend of September in Lexington, Kentucky.

    Mendez was runner-up at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Midwest Regional on September 15, with wins against two of the top five NAIA players in the Midwest. The weekend tournament was IU East's first visit at an ITA regional competition.

    IU East is an NAIA program. The Red Wolf women's tennis program posted IU East's highest team GPA this past school year. The IU East women's tennis team qualified for the River States Conference championship match in 2017.

    "I played national and international tournaments, where I did well but then I decided to start my university studies in Chile," Mendez said. "I feel it (transferring to IU East) has been the best decision I could make. I am very happy with my teammates and my coaches. I think I will improve a lot here, as an athlete and student."

    Larry Richards served as executive vice chancellor for Academic Affairs at IU East during the period 2004-15, with a one year appointment as interim chancellor (2012-13). Jane Richards was an adjunct lecturer in mathematics over this period of time. They are now both retired.

    "We are excited to see this scholarship go to someone of the caliber and potential of Thais. We wish her well with her tennis and studies," Richards said.

    Joe Griffin, IU East athletic director, said the scholarship provided by the Richards is a useful tool in recruiting.

    "We are very grateful to the Richards for supporting IU East tennis. Scholarships are so important to the student-athlete and to the program. It helps us recruit talented student-athletes. I know Thais is excited to be here and to be the first to receive the Venus Williams Scholarship," Griffin said.

    Williams was the first student to graduate under the agreement that IU East has with the Women's Tennis Benefits Association (WTBA). The WTBA agreement supports WTA players who wish to complete their bachelor's degrees while continuing to play professionally. The agreement makes IU East the sole provider of online bachelor degree level education for WTA players.

    For more information on the tennis program at IU East, visit iueredwolves.com.

    Regional Writers Series Presents Award-Winning Author Claire Vaye Watkins

    Posted October 2, 2018

    Supplied Photo: Claire Vaye Watkins

    The Indiana University East School of Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) will present the Regional Writers Series: An Evening with Claire Vaye Watkins, at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 16, in the Nasser Paydar Classroom, located in the Student Events Center.

    The event is free and open to the public.

    The HSS Regional Writers Series brings both established and emerging writers of significance to campus for workshops and public readings.

    While on campus, Watkins will teach a class for IU East at 3:30 p.m. in Whitewater Hall Room 212. The class is open to all IU East students.

    Watkins is a writer of national reputation, whose fiction takes up issues of contemporary relevance including climate change and social inequities.

    A graduate of the University of Nevada Reno, Claire earned her M.F.A. from the Ohio State University, where she was a Presidential Fellow. Her stories and essays have appeared in Granta, Tin House, Freeman's, The Paris Review, Story Quaterly, New American Stories, Best of the West, The New Republic, The New York Times, and many others.

    She is the author of Gold Fame Citrus and Battleborn, which won the Story Prize, the Dylan Thomas Prize, New York Public Library's Young Lions Fiction Award, the Rosenthal Family Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and a Silver Pen Award from the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame.

    A Guggenheim Fellow, Watkins has been a professor at Bucknell University and Princeton, and is currently an assistant professor at the University of Michigan. She is also the co-director, with Derek Palacio, of the Mojave School, a free creative writing workshop for teenagers in rural Nevada.

    Iu East School of Business and Economics Presents Fall 2018 Speaker Series

    Posted October 2, 2018

    Indiana University East's School of Business and Economics will offer its speaker series this fall featuring experts Art Carden and Robert Subrick.

    The series is free and open to the public.

    The series is sponsored by the Charles Koch Foundation and co-sponsored by Delta Mu Delta, the IU East Business and Economic Research Center and the IU East Center for Economic Education.

    Supplied Photo: Art Carden, Associate Professor of Economics at Samford University's Brock School of BusinessArt Carden, Associate Professor of Economics at Samford University's Brock School of Business Topic: Waltonomics: Walmart and Society 2 p.m., Wednesday, October 10, Vivian Auditorium

    Carden is an associate professor of Economics at Samford University's Brock School of Business. In addition, he is a senior research fellow with the Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics, a senior fellow with the Beacon Center of Tennessee, and a research fellow with the Independent Institute.

    His topic will focus on business aspects of Walmart. How does Walmart affect the communities it enters? Is there a high and hidden cost to Everyday Low Prices? This talk draws on Carden's research on general merchandisers like Walmart and explores Walmart's economic, social, and cultural effects in the United States.

    Carden's research has appeared in the Journal of Urban Economics, the Southern Economic Journal, Applied Economics, Public Choice, and Contemporary Economic Policy, and his commentaries have appeared in Forbes, Productive, USA Today, Black Belt, and many other outlets.

    He earned a B.S. and M.A. from the University of Alabama and an A.M. and Ph.D. from Washington University in Saint Louis.

    Before joining the faculty at Samford, Carden taught economics at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee. He lives in Birmingham, Alabama, with his wife and three children.

    Supplied Photo: Robert Subrick, Associate Professor of Economics at James Madison UniversityRobert Subrick, Associate Professor of Economics at James Madison University Topic: The Political Economy of Black Panther's Wakanda 2 p.m., Monday, November 12, Vivian Auditorium

    Subrick is an associate professor of Economics at James Madison University (JMU).

    His topic will discuss Black Panther, the fictional hereditary leader of the African nation of Wakanda, a small, natural resource-rich country, which lacks access to the sea. Historically the political leadership has tried to hide Wakanda's existence from other countries which has limited its economic integration with the rest of the world. In spite of its geographic endowments, notably the incredibly rare ore vibranium, Wakanda has attained unprecedented technological development. After explaining the origins of Black Panther, Subrick turns to the economic puzzle of Wakanda by exploring the geographic and economic implications of isolation. This is followed by an investigation into the way Wakanda has avoided the resource curse that has plagued so many other countries. Next, a comparison is made between Wakanda and the nation of Botswana. While there are some telling similarities, the lack of democracy in Wakanda is a glaring difference. The presentation will discuss how it has developed high-levels of technology that help advance the Black Panther's dictatorship. Finally, it will address the potential for democracy to emerge in Wakanda.

    Subrick has an undergraduate degree from the University of Delaware and Ph.D. from George Mason University. Before joining JMU in 2007, he was a research associate at the Center for Institutional Reform and the Informal Sector at University of Maryland and associate director of the Center for the Economic Study of Religion at George Mason University.

    Subrick has worked in the areas of political economy, African economic history, and the history of economic thought. His current research examines the causes of rising American income inequality and Brazilian economic history. Someday he hopes to write a book about Bob Dylan.

    For more information on the speaker series, contact Feler Bose, associate professor of Economics and Finance at bosef@iu.edu.

    Wayne County Foundation Set to Award $240,000 in 2018 Challenge Match Program

    Posted October 2, 2018

    Fifty-Four Organizations Selected to Participate

    The Wayne County Foundation announced today the organizations selected to participate in its 2018 Challenge Match Initiative. This year's field will be the largest group of participants in the program's seven year history.

    Last year the Challenge Match generated over $1.5 million for 49 local non-profits, including $240,000 of match dollars made available by the Foundation and its Match Partners.

    "Thanks to some very generous Match Partners we are able to support more organizations than ever before, "said Steve Borchers, the Foundation's Executive Director. This year, our Match Partners include: Doxpop Charitable Giving Fund, Mr. Richard Jeffers, Reinke Donor Advised Fund, Mr. and Mrs. Allan Rosar, and Wayne Bank and Trust Co. Community Fund. Other contributions to the Match Pool were received from the Fund For Tomorrow, Mr. and Mrs. David Stidham, the Guthrie Family Donor Advised Fund, and an anonymous donor.

    Even with the added support, not everyone who applied was accepted. "We wanted to keep the Challenge Match challenging," said Borchers, "and we wanted to inspire thoughtful, high-quality investments in the community."

    Every one of the 61 applications was judged against a set of criteria that we announced earlier this year. The 54 participating organizations will have the opportunity to receive funding from the Foundation up to their Match Goal, based on the gifts they receive from the community in a designated period of time.

    "We believe this is a good opportunity for many different organizations to raise significant operating dollars or money in support of selected programs that will benefit from broad-based community involvement," he said.

    The organizations participating in the Foundation's 2018 Challenge Match and their match goals are:

    2nd Chance Animal Rescue $2,500
    Achieva Resources Corporation $5,000
    Amigos, The Richmond Latino Center $5,000
    Birth-to-Five $5,000
    Boys and Girls Clubs of Wayne County $10,000
    Brighter Path $2,500
    Center City Development Corporation $5,000
    Christian Charities of Richmond/Wayne County $2,500
    Circle U Help Center $5,000
    Communities In Schools of Wayne County $10,000
    Community Christian School $2,500
    Community Food Pantry $5,000
    Cope Environmental Center $10,000
    Diplomas Inc. $2,500
    Every Child Can Read/K-Ready program $5,000
    Friends of Morrisson-Reeves Library $5,000
    Gateway Hunger Relief Center $2,500
    Genesis of Richmond $5,000
    Girls Inc. Wayne County $10,000
    Golay Community Center $5,000
    Good News Habitat for Humanity $2,500
    Hand-in-Hand Adult Day Care $5,000
    Hayes Arboretum $2,500
    HELP The Animals $2,500
    Hope House $2,500
    JACY House $5,000
    Junior Achievement of Eastern Indiana $2,500
    Model T Ford Club of America $2,500
    Music Boosters of Richmond $2,500
    Natco Community Empowerment Center $2,500
    Northeastern Music Boosters $2,500
    Open Arms Ministries $2,500
    Richmond Art Museum $10,000
    Richmond Civic Theatre $2,500
    Richmond Community Orchestra $2,500
    Richmond Day Nursery $2,500
    Richmond Family YMCA $5,000
    Richmond Friends School $5,000
    Richmond Parks and Recreation $10,000
    Richmond Rose Garden $5,000
    Richmond Shakespeare Festival $5,000
    Richmond Symphony Orchestra $10,000
    Senior Opportunities Services $2,500
    Starr-Gennett Foundation $2,500
    Sunrise, Inc. Therapeutic Riding Center $2,500
    Townsend Community Center $2,500
    Wayne County Cardinal Greenway $5,000
    Wayne County Historical Museum $5,000
    Wayne County Soil and Water Conservation District $2,500
    Wernle Youth and Family Treatment Center $2,500
    Western Wayne Dollars for Scholars $10,000
    Whitewater Valley Pro Bono Commission $2,500
    Williamsburg Area Community Center $2,500
    Youth As Resources $2,500

    The Challenge Match Program will kick off on Monday, November 5, and run for 9 days, through Tuesday, November 13. Qualifying contributions to the participating organizations in that period will trigger matching dollars from the Foundation, with respect to certain criteria. Contributions may also be made online through the Foundation's Website.

    More information about specific details of qualifying gifts is available here.

    Additional information may also be obtained by contacting Lisa Bates at lisa@waynecountyfoundation.org or by calling 765.962.1638.

    Hispanic Heritage Month Events at IU East

    Posted October 2, 2018

    Supplied Photo: Day of the Dead Altar

    Indiana University East's Hispanic Heritage Month celebration includes several events and activities offered by the World Languages and Cultures department and the School of Humanities and Social Sciences.

    IU East students are visiting schools across Richmond for Huevos verdes y jamón (Bilingual Storytelling). This is a joint venture with the Campus Library and literacy movements. The library has purchased books and packets for IU East students to read with local elementary-aged Hispanic English learner populations. The program is in its sixth year.

    IU East students read books to students at Elizabeth Starr Elementary and spoke about Hispanic Heritage Month. IU East Spanish learners read their books to the classrooms and spoke about Hispanic Heritage Month. The elementary Spanish speakers taught IU East Spanish students pronunciation and other language skills. On September 14, IU East Spanish students and faculty Dianne Moneypenny and Christine Nemcik, assistant professors of World Languages and Cultures, directed Spanish Bingo with third-grade students from Randolph County. The third-graders visited the campus for the "Walk Into My Future" kickoff event for the Randolph County Promise.

    On October 2, the Day of the Dead Altar Building Competition will be held at 2 p.m. in the Campus Library in Hayes Hall. Both online and on-campus Spanish classes at IU East will create altars for Day of the Dead. Members of the campus will be invited to contribute photos of loved ones as well. The classes will present their altars and speak about Day of the Dead via the Hispanicampus gallery project. The campus and community will electronically vote for their favorite altar.

    Hispanicampus Virtual Galleries for all Hispanic Heritage Month activities will be available throughout the month at flickr.com/photos.

    Guest speaker Jorge Echevarría, certified tour guide and entrepreneur from Puerto Rico, will visit campus October 8-9. He will give various talks about Puerto Rican travel, wildlife, and culture, including suffering through Hurricane María and the recovery process. He will speak with students in Spanish, business, and biology courses, give an Honors Program dessert program, present at the annual Faculty Staff Diversity Luncheon, and record an interview.

    Reid Health Executive Receives State Service Award

    Posted October 2, 2018

    Supplied Photo: Craig KinyonCraig Kinyon

    Reid Health President/CEO Craig Kinyon was recognized this week by the Indiana Hospital Association (IHA) with its annual Distinguished Service Award – the organization's highest honor for a hospital executive.

    "Craig demonstrates all of the leadership qualities and attributes that this award represents, and he is a true champion of public health, excellence in health care delivery, and serving Hoosiers patients. We were honored to present him with the 2018 IHA Distinguished Service Award," said Brian Tabor, IHA President.

    Kinyon received the award this week in Indianapolis. He has been on the Reid Health team since 1995 and served as president/CEO since 2008.

    The IHA Annual Banquet and Awards Ceremony celebrates individuals who have made outstanding personal achievements in support of Indiana health care and welcomes the next generation of leaders. The award is presented each year to an Indiana hospital executive who has made outstanding contributions to his or her organization, its patients, the community, and the health care profession. Recipients are chosen by peers serving in hospital leadership.

    Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce Announces Career Exploration Initiative

    Posted October 1, 2018

    The Chamber partners with More Than Words to engage students with local employers.

    The Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce's Business Education Committee is announcing a new program. The Career Exploration Initiative is in partnership with More Than Words and is focused on helping middle school students engage with local employers.


    Each month students will get a unique look at Wayne County employers in various industries with a focus on one specific employability skill that pairs with the More Than Words word of the month. For example, during the month of August, students learned about wisdom (More Than Words) and decision making (employability skill) by watching a video designed and created by students at DOT Foods. In September, the video took a better look at initiative (More Than Words) and work ethic (employability skill) while hearing interviews from Roger Richert from the Richmond Furniture Gallery. The featured videos are filmed, produced and edited by students from the community. Each month the middle school educators will receive the videos along with a pre-built curriculum. Links to the August and September videos are provided below.

    Link to the August video at Dot Foods.

    Link to the September video at Richmond Furniture Gallery.

    The Chamber, More Than Words, and the Business Education Committee are excited to develop a program that focuses on career exploration for middle school students. Businesses who are interested in joining the program can reach out to Roxie at Roxie@wcareachamber.org. Each month, the Chamber will share the words and videos with our members in hopes that they will share this content with their employees and on their social media pages. Together, we can make Wayne County a place where people love to live, work and play.

    The Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce is a business network that promotes members and the community by encouraging economic growth and a superior quality of life. The organization does this by providing networking opportunities, developing strategic partnerships and facilitating and/or leading initiatives that serve this purpose. These initiatives include the School is Cool awards program, the Buy Local Certified program, Wayne County Weekends, co-hosting political forums and more. For more information about joining or volunteering with the Chamber, visit WCAreaChamber.org.

    Music at the Club

    Posted October 11, 2018

    Supplied Flyer: Music at the Club

    On Friday, October 19th Starr-Gennett Foundation and Forest Hills Country Club, 2169 South 23rd Street, Richmond, IN are once again hosting "Music at the Club." Featured artists for these music and dancing events are Frank DeVito, Steve Mathews and Kevin McDonald. 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. For more information, call 765.962.2860.

    Senior Wellness Fair Oct. 15 Features Information About Medicare, Other Programs

    Posted October 11, 2018

    A free Senior Wellness Fair featuring information specifically helpful for people on or eligible for Medicare plans is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 15 at Reid Health.

    The event will feature screenings, physician speakers, and information about Medicare supplements and Medicare Advantage plans. Also on hand will be more than 20 booths with information about Reid Health and some community services. The event will be in Lingle Grand Hall & Auditorium.

    The schedule of speakers in Lingle Auditorium includes:

    • 9 a.m. – Preventing Heart Disease, Allen Joseph, M.D., cardiologist
    • 9:30 a.m. & 11:30 a.m. – Medicare Wellness Visits: Your Free Benefit, Rebekah Wood, Director of Reid Health Clinical Documentation Improvement.
    • 10 a.m. & 11 a.m. – Medicare Supplement vs. Medicare Advantage, Morgan Gunder & Terra Mullins, Reid Health Alliance Medicare
    • 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. – How to Avoid the Prescription Drug Coverage Gap, Reid Health Pharmacy Noon – Doctors Working With and FOR You! And Why Medicare Advantage, Patrick Anderson, M.D.

    Activities in Lingle Hall will also include a free osteoporosis screening, a hearing screening, an allergy panel demonstration and lots of other information and demos. For more information, visit: https://www.facebook.com/ReidHealth05/

    Giveaways, prizes and light refreshments will be available.

    Best Friend Book Club Workshops at MRL

    Posted August 15, 2018

    Supplied Flyer: Best Friends Books Workshops

    Teacher and educational consultant, Lisa Combs and graphic artist, Pam Fraizer have teamed up to present interactive parent and child workshops featuring their Best Friend Book Series for children ages 5-9 and their parent. The free workshops will be held at Morrisson-Reeves Library in September and October. All participants receive copies of the books. Limited space is available and registration is required. For workshop topics and registration, visit online at MRLinfo.org/events or by calling 765-966-8291.

    The books and workshops are geared towards controlling thoughts and actions that interfere with peace, happiness, diversity, and emotions. Each of the six interactive workshops will focus on one of the author's books featuring a different topic at each session.

    This workshop series was made possible through a public library grant from the Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award, a program of The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation.

    Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/441964532977193/

    Grand Opening of the Ronald L. McDaniel Foundation Boys & Girls Club To Be Held on October 5th

    Posted October 2, 2018

    Supplied Flyer: Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne County Open House

    Parents and youth in the community are welcome to tak a tour of the newly-remodeled Ronald L. McDaniel Foundation Boys & Girls Club, 1900 West Main Street, Richmond from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Friday, October 5th. light refreshments will be served. Ribbon cutting by Wayne county Area Chamber of Commerce at 4:30 p.m.

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