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Indiana Participates in National College Application Week, Sept. 21-25

Posted September 22, 2020

High school seniors can apply to some Hoosier colleges for free

(INDIANAPOLIS) – Sixteen Indiana colleges will waive college application fees during Indiana's College Application Week, September 21-25, according to the Indiana Commission for Higher Education. Another 24 colleges have reported free applications year-round.

College Application Week is part of Indiana's annual College GO! initiative that takes place each August through November with information and resources designed to help Hoosiers plan for education beyond high school. The official "College GO!" kick-off is the last full week of September (September 21-25, 2020).

Over 20 Indiana colleges and 85 K-12 schools across the state will host College GO! and College Application Week events to help students navigate the admissions process, including new virtual opportunities for college visits and college exploration activities.

"We are pleased with the number of Hoosier colleges and K-12 schools that are participating in College Application Week to help high schoolers with the college application and admissions process," said Indiana Commissioner for Higher Education Teresa Lubbers. "We hope that students will take advantage of the opportunity to not only apply to several of Indiana's quality colleges for free, but also learn more about which colleges are the right fit."

Indiana high school seniors can apply to the following Hoosier colleges for free between September 21 and 25:

Supplied Table: List of Colleges

Colleges not indicated above may offer financial assistance for students who demonstrate financial need. Talk to your college for more information about application fee waivers.

You can view the list of participating colleges online.

College Application Week is sponsored in partnership by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education and the American College Application Campaign (ACAC) to increase the number of first-generation and low-income students who pursue education beyond high school.

Upcoming College GO! Events

College Application FAQ
Wednesday, September 23, 2020
6-7 p.m. (ET)
Online: Live on Learn More Indiana's Facebook page (Facebook.com/LearnMoreIN); available on Instagram (@LearnMoreIndiana) and Twitter (@LearnMoreIN). #CAW20

Students and families who are getting ready to apply to college can learn about the college application process including what kind of information is needed, how to make your application stand out and other tips and frequently asked questions.

For more information, visit https://learnmoreindiana.org/collegego.

23rd Annual Seton Catholic Cardinal Classic Golf Outing

Posted September 22, 2020

The 23rd Annual Seton Catholic Cardinal Classic Golf Outing is looking a little bit different this year thanks to COVID-19! The event is raising money for the Seton Catholic Athletic Boosters, but will be done virtually this year. How is that you ask?

Participants will enjoy a day of golf at the course and time of their choice from September 21 -October 31.

All registered golfers will be eligible for prizes.

Show your support of Cardinal athletics by tweeting a photo from the course using #CardinalClassicVirtualGolf and tagging @Seton_Athletics.

Pictures can also be sent to mleverton@setoncatholics.org

When you sponsor or participate in the event, you know that you are supporting a program that teaches values and challenges students to continually grow in spirit, mind, and body! Learn more by visiting https://www.setonschools.org/cardinal-classic-golf-outing.

Supplied Flyer: Cardinal Classic

COVID-19 Vaccine Development: Fast Doesn't Mean Unsafe

Posted September 22, 2020

As the possibility of a COVID-19 vaccine dominates political discussions, a physician who has been tracking pandemic information for months believes the biggest challenge lies ahead - persuading people to take the vaccine when one is ready.

"There is a lot of vaccine shyness in the United States," says Thomas Huth, M.D., Vice President of Medical Affairs for Reid Health. He notes that vaccines alone can be controversial with some, pointing out that in a normal flu season only about half the high-risk people get a flu shot. "so it's understandable that people have concerns about a brand new vaccine that will have been developed very quickly."

A recent national poll by CBS News indicated only 21 percent of those asked said they would get a vaccine.

"As health leaders, we have a lot of work to do to reassure people that a vaccine for COVID-19 was properly tested and is safe," Dr. Huth said.

"If a vaccine is available as soon as it looks like it might be, I will be first in line for a shot, if they'll let me. Having carefully watched this process with a knowledgeable eye, I'm confident it will result in a properly tested vaccine that will be better than risking a serious COVID-19 illness." - Thomas Huth, M.D.

He noted that the pausing of an AstraZeneca vaccine trial on 30,000 subjects because of a possible reaction in one of the people is not alarming. "This is actually a common occurrence in pharmaceutical research." The trial was restarted this week in England after a review panel found that the illness in one subject was not related to the vaccine.

Pausing such a study is a normal part of the process, he said. "I think some people's concern about safety is fueled by the fact that Russia cut an important corner in the development of their vaccine by skipping the very important Phase 3 trial, in which a large number of people are tested for safety and effectiveness, including people with a variety of underlying health conditions."

In fact, for the U.S. work, early safety data from Phase 3 trials "is apparently so good they are adding subjects with certain immune system disorders. You would think that if there were significant concerns about safety, they would not include people whose immune systems are especially frail."

Addressing concerns about the speed of the work, Dr. Huth says the process has been expedited not by cutting corners but by:

  • Pausing research on other less urgent topics and concentrating scientific, technological and regulatory resources onto this effort
  • Building on past research into coronavirus vaccines, rather than starting from scratch
  • Overlapping, rather than skipping, development phases.
  • Streamlining the regulatory bureaucracy so that review and approval can happen in days or weeks rather than months or years.
  • Pre-investing in production capability so that vaccine can be rapidly shipped once approved
  • Developing multiple vaccines so that if one or two have to be stopped, others will continue

"If a vaccine is available as soon as it looks like it might be, I will be first in line for a shot, if they'll let me. Having carefully watched this process with a knowledgeable eye, I'm confident it will result in a properly tested vaccine that will be better than risking a serious COVID-19 illness," Dr. Huth said.

Reid Health Wound Healing Center Marks 15 Years of Caring

Posted September 22, 2020

Fifteen years after it opened, the Reid Health Wound Healing Center has increased staff and services to meet the needs of the nearly 9,000 patients receiving treatment each year.

Misha Mattingly, Clinical Operations Manager for the center, said the facility at 1380 Chester Boulevard has a staff of more than 30 caregivers, including the recent addition of a full-time on-site physician, Dr. Kim Weber.

Supplied Photo: Reid Health Wound Healing Center

Though the most obvious aspect of the center is its two hyperbaric chambers that provide pressurized oxygen therapy, Mattingly notes the center offers much more than this therapy to treat wounds. "We see a range of wound healing needs, including burns, diabetic foot ulcers, arterial and venous ulcers, pressure ulcers and more."

Dr. Weber says when the center was first established, it was because of the need for comprehensive wound care in the community. "Reid's Wound Healing Center has combined state-of-the-art wound care treatment and hyperbaric oxygen therapy with very individualized personal care. Using a combination of treatments, the center has been able to help many patients avoid amputation of a limb due to diabetes complications, poor blood flow or traumatic injuries."

Cassey Crowell, DPM, says the Wound Healing Center is vital for practicing podiatric medicine. "The center is instrumental to our podiatric practice in providing excellent staff and a wonderful facility to allow us to offer the highest standard of care and advanced treatment for all types of foot wounds. I am grateful to have the Wound Healing Center as a resource to help serve our community and improve outcomes for patients affected by acute and chronic wounds."

Besides hyperbaric therapy, services include bio-engineered tissue substitutes or skin grafting, advanced wound dressings and wraps, casting, ostomy care and podiatric wound care.

When the center opened in 2005, it was staffed by just under 20 caregivers. The center has maintained a panel of part-time physicians since then. Dr. Weber is its first full-time on-site doctor.

"Having a physician on site has decreased wait times and provides more consistency for our patients," Mattingly said.

The current physician/caregiver panel besides Dr. Weber includes:

Our team treats:

  • Burns
  • Diabetic foot ulcers
  • Arterial and venous ulcers
  • Pressure ulcers
  • Traumatic ulcers
  • Non-healing surgical wounds
  • Infected wounds
  • Other wounds that will not heal
  • Lower leg edema
  • Lymphedema

For more information about Reid Health Wound Healing Center, talk to your primary care provider or call the center at (765) 983-3300.

Wayne County Foundation Set to Award $265,000 in 2020 Challenge Match Program

Posted September 21, 2020

Forty-Nine Organizations Selected to Participate

The Wayne County Foundation announced today the organizations selected to participate in its 2020 Challenge Match Initiative. This year's award will be the largest in the program's nine year history.

Last year the Challenge Match generated over $1.8 million for 47 local non-profits, including $257,500 of match dollars made available by the Foundation and its Match Partners. This year, $265,000 matching dollars are available for the initiative. "Our generous Match Partners enable us to support more organizations and are critical to the initiative's success", said Wayne County Foundation's Executive Director, Rebecca Gilliam. Participating Match Partners include: Doxpop Charitable Giving Fund, First Bank Community Fund, Fund for Tomorrow, Reinke Donor Advised Fund, and Carla and Dave Stidham.

The 49 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 during the November 2 – 10, 2020, match period.

"The Challenge Match is critical this year. Our nonprofit organizations have continued to address the needs of our community through the COVID-19 pandemic while seeing loss of revenues due to canceled events and fundraisers. We hope all participating organizations are able to raise significant operating funds during with this initiative.

The following organizations were selected to participate in the Wayne County Foundation 2020 Challenge Match with their match goals:

Table: Organizations and Amounts Table: Organizations and Amounts

More information about specific details of qualifying gifts is available on the Foundation's website. Additional information may also be obtained by contacting Lisa Bates at lisa@waynecountyfoundation.org or by calling 765-962-1638.

2020 East-Central Indiana Business Survey Is Open through September 25

Posted September 21, 2020

Thanks to the tremendous support from the local business communities, economic development corporations and chambers of commerce, we continued to have great success last year for our East-Central Indiana Business Survey. Based on the valuable responses we collected, we had successfully calculated the 2019 value of our IU East Regional Business Confidence Index. Our report had been released on the IU East Business and Economic Research Center (the BERC) website at http://www.iue.edu/business/berc/.

The BERC of the School of Business and Economics at Indiana University East is again working together with the local economic development corporations/groups or the like and chambers of commerce in conducting the 2020 annual business survey for the East-Central Indiana region.

The survey will be open to businesses/companies in the Fayette, Franklin, Henry, Randolph, Rush, Union, and Wayne counties from September 14, 2020 to September 25, 2020.

Results of the survey will not only help the BERC maintain the IU East Regional Business Confidence Index to monitor the business sentiment and economic trend in our region, but also assist further the local and regional economic studies conducted by the BERC. In addition, the survey results might aid the aforementioned economic development corporations/groups or the like and chambers of commerce for consideration as part of any future strategic planning and economic development efforts to facilitate a healthy business climate in the region.

Responses to the 10-minute survey will be confidential. Business owners/managers will be asked to provide some general information on their business/company's demography, their opinion of various aspects related to business performance for this year, and their business and economic expectations for next year in their county. While the individual responses to the survey will not be shared, results of the research survey will be made public by the end of 2020.

For more information, contact the Director of the Business and Economic Research Center and Associate Professor of Finance Dr. Oi Lin (Irene) Cheung at (765) 973-8497 or ocheung@iue.edu.

About the IU East Business and Economic Research Center

The BERC is sponsored by the School of Business and Economics at IU East. The center is designed to assist in capturing and creating economic data that will be useful in supporting the economic vitality of the Eastern Indiana and Western Ohio regions.

Reid Community Benefit Provides 20,000 Masks for Distribution

Posted September 21, 2020

Thanks to Reid Health Community Benefit, food pantries and a few other organizations are in the process of distributing 20,000 masks to help in the continued fight against the spread of COVID-19 infections.

"We know that 'masking up' is crucial to minimizing community spread of the COVID-19 virus," said Angela Cline, Director, Reid Health Community Benefit. "We are grateful to see so many in the community doing their part to protect others. However, we know for some it may be difficult to obtain masks that will hold up with continued wear. So we teamed up with food pantries to provide reusable, washable cloth makes to distribute."

More than 35 pantries responded and are in the process of distributing them across eight regional counties, she said. Masks were also provided to regional chambers, Lifestream, the Wayne County Highway Department and the NAACP.

Masks are required to be worn in public spaces and inside businesses in Indiana and Ohio. Reid Health also requires anyone entering any of its facilities to wear a mask.

Help Is On the Way for K-12 Teachers Needing Training and Certification in Virtual Instruction

Posted September 21, 2020

IU East's School of Education to offer certificate program for 62 teachers across East Central Indiana for free with funding from GEER grant

Indiana University East's School of Education will soon provide certification and training for virtual instruction to 62 elementary and secondary school teachers from 42 districts across East Central Indiana, and brings with it the potential to positively impact over 60,000 students.

Teachers will be selected by their districts for the training and to earn a Graduate Certificate in Online Learning and Assessment offered by the School of Education. Districts have a number of seats based on size.

Tuition will be free for teachers to earn their graduate certificate because of a partnership between the School of Education (SoE) and the East Central Education Service Center (ECESC).

The SOE and ECESC worked together to apply for a grant from the Governor's Emergency Education Relief (GEER). The SoE received a $304,000 grant on August 19 from the GEER.

Jerry Wilde, dean of the SoE, said it is perfect timing for the grant as teachers are continuing to adapt to teaching virtually during COVID-19.

"The need for instruction on the best practices for online teaching is serious as educators across the region adjust to teaching online," Wilde said. "We need this training now, like yesterday. Our teachers need help. This is designed to increase teachers' skills integrating technology in a more meaningful and authentic way that will produce better results for students."

Jamie Buffington-Adams, associate dean and associate professor of education, said the grant addresses the need for teachers to use the tools and technology available to them.

"One of the things that has been a frequent critique of schools is that we purchase hardware before we train teachers how to implement the use of it or how to integrate it into instruction effectively," Buffington-Adams said. "This grant is a 'train the trainer' model that focuses on getting the training to 62 area teachers so that they have a better idea of how to teach in this virtual context, but hopefully - once we survive this pandemic - to integrate those technological tools that have been brought into the classroom in more sophisticated and complex ways that really benefit students."

Wilde and Buffington-Adams wrote the grant in partnership with Katie Lash, the executive director/instructional program coordinator for the ECESC. She began the role July 1.

Lash contacted Wilde when the GEER grant was announced. She is familiar with the SoE as an alumna, completing her Master of Science in Education at IU East, and she serves on the SoE's Board of Advisors. She has also been an adjunct lecturer for the SoE.

As a former teacher and principal, Lash understands the needs teachers have in this new virtual teaching environment.

"When the GEER grant was announced, I already knew schools were asking for support in online instruction," Lash said. "In my role we often provide professional development on a variety of topics but when I reached out to Jerry I was envisioning something that was not only professional development but could be very practically useful for our schools. He was absolutely on board with figuring out how we might make this work in a short time as the grant application was due quickly. The faculty at IU East have always impressed me with their willingness to innovate."

Certification is about more than apps

Teachers in the certification program will go beyond learning about the different technologies, applications and hardware to move beyond replicating a face-to-face lesson plan to one catered to the virtual learning environment.

IU East faculty as a whole have taught online for more than a decade.

"It's a way of thinking about using technology in a more effective and engaging way," Wilde said. "Virtual teaching isn't just putting up an overhead or showing a YouTube video. There's nothing wrong with that, but if we don't get past that we're missing an incredible opportunity."

Buffington-Adams said the certification focuses on designing solid assessment processes and cycles for a virtual environment and how to integrate technology into the process. The program will not focus specifically on devices or applications because between the districts, and within school districts, there are many different tools in use ranging from iPads to Chromebooks to Netbooks as well as a variety of software integrations.

The idea is to push past a substitution model of technology - for example, taking students to a computer lab to type a handwritten paper - to a model of leveraging technology that creates learning opportunities that wouldn't otherwise exist.

"Students can get an authentic experience using technology in the ways that we do in a digitally connected world," Buffington-Adams said.

Since March when districts moved class all-online due to COVID-19 there has been an adjustment and learning curve to virtual lessons. Teachers are transiting lesson plans made for a traditional classroom to a virtual space. For families, the hybrid and online options mean balancing work and school. Other obstacles include access to internet services, connection issues, and learning the software or applications to complete assignments. It also means adjusting to each individual teachers approach to virtual learning and keeping track of assignments, Zoom meetings and announcements daily.

"Teachers are really being asked to do something entirely different than even what university faculty have been called to do since March," Buffington-Adams said." The teachers I have spoken with aren't just taking a face-to-face teaching model and now reimaging it for online, they're still teaching face-to-face and they're teaching online simultaneously."

Teaching virtually is not the same as teaching in class. Before teachers developed one plan for in-class instruction, now they need at least two in order to include virtual learning. They also spend more time emailing with students and parents to respond to questions and communicate.

"Districts have come up with schedules that are understandably trying to serve the communities that they're embedded in, but they are schedules that are really reliant on teachers doing two to three times the amount of work they would normally do," Buffington-Adams said. "Preparing for the virtual environment is radically different than preparing for the face-to-face environment, and when you're doing both simultaneously, of course your workload becomes heftier. I think that's one of the major obstacles is that we don't have a good model."

Other factors are figuring into the challenges of virtual learning as well, some of which districts and families cannot control.

"The grant has multiple components to it and one of those was targeting the fact that communities don't have the infrastructure to even get students connected for virtual learning. Locally, the numbers are about 25 percent of our kids who do not have Wi-Fi at home and that's an issue," Buffington-Adams said.

Emotional labor is another impact on teachers, Buffington-Adams added. Teachers are invested in their students and want the best for them at school and at home.

"I don't know any teachers who don't care about their students, so when they see their students can't connect to the class or connect online, they worry," she said. "This is a concern for teachers and whether this is a problem for them to solve or not, they care about their kids. They want them connected, they worry where they are at and that kind of emotional labor is taxing too."

However, there is good coming from this unprecedented time though it may be too early to tell yet just what impact virtual learning may be having right now.

"I believe virtual learning is providing us with an opportunity, a productive space to start reimagining how we do education," Buffington-Adams said. "I think for the kids that can get connected and have the support system to do it, it's providing them with the technology to use in ways that they wouldn't have been asked to do this early in their school career.

The payoff is for educators to think differently about the work that they do, she added, but this is an opportunity to develop an enriched understanding and practices of what we do in schools.

Collaboration and Community Impact

The SoE and ECESC had 11 days to prepare the grant application and address any obstacles to providing the necessary training. Wilde said the school decided to go for the grant because there is a need for teachers to receive the quality training, and the benefit to area school districts and communities is too valuable.

"This initiative will allow the opportunity for 42 school districts in East Central Indiana to have teachers pursue this graduate certificate and perform leadership roles in their schools," Lash said. "When these leaders return to their home districts and share this learning with others, this grant has the potential to offer support to over 4,500 educators with the train the trainer model and improve learning outcomes for over 67,000 students in our area."

Wilde said teachers participating in the program will return to their districts with the knowledge and proficiency to instruct their peers and share best practices for virtual learning.

"There's a lot of research that shows what teachers really need is the training and how to use the tools effectively. That's where this grant comes in," Wilde said. "We provide the training for area teachers, they take it back to their individual districts and buildings, and train their teachers."

Teachers can also start implementing what they learn through the program into their virtual lessons right away.

The SoE, ECESC, and districts are working together to find the teachers who best fit the certification program and can return to their schools to share what they've learned.

"Another powerful piece of this format is that we are truly promoting collaboration with current K-12 practitioners and the higher education space," Lash said. "The cohort as a whole will become a network of support to troubleshoot various challenges that COVID-19 has presented but also to create sustainability plans for long after the pandemic has ended."

Collaboration is also occurring at the instructor level.

The courses will be co-taught by IU East SoE faculty and K-12 faculty.

"This is a really wonderful feature to have not just IU East faculty, but also K-12 teachers who are invested in this type of learning," Wilde said. "We know the more we partner with our K-12 partners, the better we understand their needs and the better we are able to serve area schools."

Partnership and collaboration were an emphasis when preparing the grant proposal to plan courses, participants and instructors, all of which required communication.

"There was a lot of time in the development of the grant were we talked about how this was going to be a true partnership so the teaching model is bringing the expertise generated in the K-12 and marrying it with the faculty expertise to present something to teachers that will be immediately applicable," Buffington-Adams said. "Some coursework, discussion on assignments, and looking at everything they will do, teachers can take all of that straight back to their classrooms or to teach their colleagues. It offers new techniques, new ways to integrate online. Learn it and it helps you tomorrow, that's the time and context of COVID."

IU East's School of Education has offered the Graduate Certificate in Online Learning and Assessment since 2013. Wilde said the certificate provides quality training for teachers, and the need for training is a growing demand.

The grant is an opportunity to provide the quality training to teachers for free while benefiting communities.

IU East is a regional campus serving over 3,500 students through 50 academic options for bachelor's and master's degrees. The campus is invested in the community and the region. As part of IU East's mission, the campus is dedicated to being a strong partner in enhancing the educational, cultural, and economic development of the region it serves through community and civic engagement.

Wilde said the SoE is following the campus mission to invest in the region.

"That is the fundamental of every regional campus is to give back to our community. And for the School of Education to be able to provide this kind of training to help hundreds of teachers is a wonderful opportunity for all of us," Wilde said.

For more information about the School of Education, visit iue.edu/education.

Mobile Census Support Coming to Local Area Events - You Count!

Posted August 20, 2020

The results of the 2020 Census will help determine how hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding flow into communities every year for the next decade. That funding shapes many different aspects of every community, no matter the size, no matter the location. It's important to our community that YOU are counted! If you have not yet completed the 2020 Census, you can do so online, by phone, or by mail when your invitation to respond arrives. Visit my2020census.gov to begin or get assistance at any of the following upcoming local events:

Flyer:  Dates for Upcoming Local Census Events

Flyer: Mobile Census Questionaire Information

3rd Annual Townsend Community Center, Inc. Golf Outing

Posted September 3, 2020

Supplied Flyer: 3rd Annual Townsend Center Golf Outing

Townsend Community Center, Inc. will hold its 3rd annual golf outing on Saturday, October 3, 2020 at Winding Branch Golf Course in Cambridge City, Indiana. All proceeds benefit the Townsend Community Center, Inc. in Wayne County. Register by faxing the entry form to 765.962.1143, Dr. Lucinda M. Wright or 765.478.4542 Rancer Huntington.

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