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Helpful Holiday Hints

Posted November 13, 2019

Organizing for the Holidays with professional organizer Lori Firsdon.

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The holidays are one of the most stressful times of the year. These organizing hints will help make your holiday season merrier. Learn how to make realistic decisions about your keepsakes, while also getting tips on how to tame and store your holiday decorations.

  • A Season for Change: Learn how to manage the holiday keepsakes you've been collecting and accumulating over the years.
  • Make decoration set up and take down easy by finding them fast when you need them.
  • Tips for safely storing your holiday treasures.
  • Streamline your holiday gift giving with clutter-free gift ideas.

You don't have to let your holiday season get out of control. Do these simple steps now, and your celebrations will be festive for years to come.

Hear Lori at Morrisson-Reeves Library on November 15th from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Wayne County Foundation Welcomes Rebecca Reising Gilliam As Its New Executive Director

Posted November 13, 2019

Supplied Photo: Rebecca Reising GilliamThe Wayne County Foundation has selected Rebecca Reising Gilliam as its next Executive Director. The announcement follows a national search and selection process undertaken after current Executive Director, Steve Borchers, announced earlier this year his intention to retire after 14 years in the role.

Gilliam is expected to transition into the role next month, working alongside Borchers until the end of the calendar year.

"Ms. Gilliam showed the Search Committee that she will hit the ground running," said Amy Noe Dudas, Wayne County Foundation Board Chair. "Her energy and passion for nonprofit community service was apparent at the outset. We feel she will bring a fresh perspective to the role while honoring the successes of the Foundation's operations. Ms. Gilliam's long experience in collaborative fund development, operations management, and strategic planning will serve the Foundation well. We couldn't be more thrilled to welcome her home to Richmond."

A Richmond High School graduate, Gilliam has held the position of Vice President - Visitor Experiences at Minnetrista in Muncie, IN, since 2004, leading a talented team of professionals that create dynamic experiences for the East Central Indiana region. She has worked to cultivate relationships, create innovative programs that advance strategic goals, and participate in leadership activities that impact the regional community.

Gilliam began her professional career at the Children's Museum of Indianapolis as Environmental Educator and Manager of Richey Woods Environmental Education Center and continued working in the museum field at Hook's Discovery and Learning Center as Director of Education - successfully bringing science education to children and families.

"I am excited to join the team at the Foundation, and my family looks forward to moving back to Richmond," Gilliam says. "My husband, Chad, and daughter, Nellee, are up for the new adventure, and being close to family is an added bonus!"

Members of the community will have the opportunity to meet Gilliam at the Foundation's annual Holiday Open House on Wednesday, December 4, at the Foundation Building.

The Wayne County Foundation was established over forty years ago and currently has over $45 million in total assets under management. Its mission is to foster and encourage private philanthropic giving, to enhance the spirit of community and to improve the quality of life in Wayne County. The Foundation is spearheading the Forward Wayne County initiative, designed to better align community resources, foster a vibrant economy, and promote prosperity through a collective impact approach. In 2018, the Wayne County Foundation awarded over $2 million in grants, distributions, and scholarships throughout the community.

Organized for Life

Posted November 13, 2019

Pursuing an organized lifestyle with professional organizer, Lori Firsdon

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Learn how to make organizing part of your everyday life. Figuring out what's holding you back, will help you make the progress you desire.

Skills learned in Organized For Life include:

  • Essentialism vs Minimalism. Which is right for you?
  • Adopting habits of an organizer can make you feel more in control.
  • How is your personal value system driving your decisions?
  • Don't get stuck at the start.
  • Give your brain a break. Use checklists!
  • Learn to ask the right questions to make organizing easier.

In this problem solving seminar, gain time saving tips that teach you how to organize your home. Newly learned habits enable you to breeze through daily life in an organized fashion.

Free and open to the public. Come early for best seating.

Hear Lori at Morrisson-Reeves Library on Friday, December 6th from 11am to 12:30pm.

IU East to honor three Chancellor's Medallion recipients on November 15

Posted November 13, 2019

Indiana University East will honor three individuals for their service to the university and within the community during the Chancellor's Medallion Dinner to be held on Friday, November 15, in the Whitewater Hall Lobby.

The Chancellor's Medallion honors individuals who have rendered distinguished service to IU East. Honorees include Rick Boston, Ginger Gray and Tom Williams.

Chancellor's Medallion Honorees:

Richard (Rick) E. Boston of Richmond, Indiana, is an attorney and partnering manager with Boston Bever Klinge Cross & Chidester (BBKCC) Attorneys.

Boston, IU Bloomington B.S. '68 and J.D. '71, practices in the areas of wills, trusts and probate matters; business transactions; real estate and bankruptcy. Since 1979 he has been an appointed United States Bankruptcy Trustee by the Department of Justice for the Southern District of Indiana, Indianapolis Division. He is a lifetime member of the Indiana University Alumni Association and a member of the President's Circle. He is a current board member of the IU East Board of Advisors, IU East Art Committee, and Richmond Art Museum.

Previously, Boston was a past president of the IU Alumni Association of Wayne County, IUPUI Herron School of Art + Design - Friends of Herron Gallery Board of Directors, Richmond Symphony Orchestra (RS0) and the Wayne County Child Protection Team.

Ginger Gray of Richmond, Indiana, is a philanthropist, event planner and historic preservationist. She is a founding member of Palette to Palate, a collaborative fundraising event between the Richmond Art Museum and IU East.

Gray is a lifetime board member of the RSO and she has served on the board for the Richmond Art Museum and the Richmond Neighborhood Restoration. She is also a founding member of the Women's Giving Circle of the Wayne County Foundation. She assists in planning an average of 10 nonprofit events, including Cope Environmental Center, Amigos, Girls Inc. and IU East including events such as the Chancellor's Medallion, chancellor installations, and fundraising events.

For her volunteer leadership, Gray also received the RSO President's Award in 2016 and the Wayne County Foundation's Rodefeld Award in 2017.

Marvin (Tom) Thomas Williams of Richmond, Indiana, IU Bloomington '74, formerly worked as the employment manager at Reid Health.

Williams is a member of Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church. He teaches Bible study, Vacation Bible School and is he an active member of the church's Men's Fellowship.

He is also an active member of the NAACP Richmond Chapter, serving as president for the past three years. He volunteers with the Richmond Youth Football League 5th and 6th Grade Tackle Program.

During the event, IU East will also recognize three special alumni. Lora K. Baldwin (September 1958-March 2019), Michael R. Day and James R. White will be inducted in recognition and celebration as outstanding alumni of IU East.

Inductees to the Hall of Fame are alumni who have typified the IU East tradition of excellence and brought credit to the campus through their personal accomplishments, professional achievement and leadership and humanitarian service and citizenship. For a list of Alumni Hall of Fame, visit

RSVP is required for this event by November 8. Contact Marcia Foster at (765) 973-8419 or visit Tickets are $75 per person.

Senior Adult Ministry November Meeting

Posted November 12, 2019

The next meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, November 26, at First United Methodist Church, 318 National Road West, Richmond, IN. We gather together for our annual pitch-in Thanksgiving dinner. Come and bring a friend.

Senior Adult Ministry is an active group of seniors over 50 years old 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 monthly meetings.

For further information, call 765-962-4357.

2019 Survey on the Economic Well-Being of Young Professionals in Wayne County

Posted November 5, 2019

Young professionals in Wayne County can help provide a better understanding of the local and regional economy.

The Business and Economic Research Center (BERC) of the School of Business and Economics at Indiana University East is partnering with the Economic Development Corporation (EDC) of Wayne County and the Helping Young Professionals Engage (HYPE) - Richmond in conducting the 2019 Survey on the Economic Well-Being of Young Professionals in Wayne County, Indiana. The survey will be open from Monday, November 4 to Friday, November 15.

This survey is the first through the partnership. Findings from the survey will also help to further the BERC's 2019 East-Central Indiana Business Survey being conducted this September-October to monitor the business sentiment and economic trend in the region and to assist local and regional economic studies. The survey was completed by business owners/managers in the Fayette, Franklin, Henry, Randolph, Rush, Union, and Wayne counties.

Results of this Young Professionals survey will help the business communities located in or outside of Wayne County understand the life of young professionals in the county, and help young professionals learn from their peers living and/or working in the county. In addition, the findings will assist further the local and regional economic studies conducted by the BERC. Survey results may aid Wayne County in planning the economic development efforts to bring new businesses into the county.

Responses to the 20-minute survey will be confidential.

Young professionals will be asked to provide some information about themselves regarding their employment and career, home and vehicle ownership, housing preference, financial burden, preparation for retirement and other aspects of life living and/or working in the county in addition to some demographic data. Surveys will be emailed to young professionals throughout Wayne County.

While the individual responses to the survey will not be shared, results of the research survey will be made public by the first quarter of 2020.

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

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.

LifeStream Needs Your Help to Deliver Hope During the Holidays

Posted November 5, 2019

LifeStream is seeking support from the community to help them deliver hope to older adults who are isolated and alone during the holiday season with AngelWish. LifeStream's AngelWish program coordinates the delivery of gift bags filled with practical necessities to isolated older adults in Blackford, Delaware, Fayette, Franklin, Grant, Henry, Jay, Madison, Randolph, Rush, Union, and Wayne counties.

This bag is more than just material goods - it is hope for a better tomorrow.

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

  • Make a monetary donation: With just a $35 donation, a person will receive a gift bag. Donations can be made online at or mailed to 1701 Pilgrim Blvd. Yorktown, IN 47396. Please note AngelWish with your donation. Checks should be made payable to LifeStream Services.
  • Donate canned soup: Each AngelWish recipient will receive a microwavable soup cup. Individuals and business can help LifeStream fill their cups by donating canned soups of all varieties. Donations can be dropped off at the LifeStream offices in Anderson, Richmond, or Yorktown. Pick up can be arranged in advance by calling 765-759-3372.
  • Sign up to be a delivery elf: LifeStream expects to deliver 1,200 AngelWish gift bags between December 7 and December 24. Dependable volunteers are needed to help deliver gift bags to AngelWish recipients to ensure all bags are delivered by December 24.
  • Become a sponsor: Sponsorships start at $100 and go up to $2,500. 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.

Those interested in supporting the AngelWish program should contact Laura Bray, Volunteer Services Administrator, by calling 765-759-3372 or emailing You may also fill out the support form by visiting

Special thank you to our current supporters including Signature Healthcare of Muncie, Hometown Home Healthcare, Deltec Solutions, Albany Health & Rehabilitation, Whitewater Eye Centers, Natco Credit Union, Heart to Heart Hospice, Essential Senior Health & Living, Stateline Medical Equipment, Caregiver Homes, AutoFarm Mobility, Applegate Livestock Equipment, Silver Birch of Muncie, FCN Bank, Arbor Trace, Becovic Management Group, Bethel Pointe Health & Rehabilitation, Oscar W. Larson, Reid Community Benefits, and more.

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 and follow on Facebook at

IU East dedicates IU Bicentennial, State Historical Markers

Posted November 5, 2019

Indiana University East unveiled an Indiana University Bicentennial Marker and a State Historical Marker today (November 5) during a dedication ceremony.

The markers are located in front of Whitewater Hall, IU East's first building on campus.

The dedication ceremony was led by IU East Chancellor Kathy Cruz-Uribe and platform guests Melissa Vance, CEO of the Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce; Casey Pfeiffer, Historical Marker program director for the Indiana Historical Bureau Division of the Indiana State Library; James Capshew, University Historian for Indiana University; TJ Rivard, associate vice chancellor for Academic Affairs at IU East; Elizabeth George, IU East student and Student Government Association vice president; and Angie Dickman, vice president at Reid Health and chair of the IU East Board of Advisors.

The dedication ceremony is one of many events this week during IU East's 2019 Homecoming: Pack to the Future.

The IU Bicentennial Marker is located in the John W. and Patricia Ryan Rose Walkway in front of Whitewater Hall. John William Ryan (1929-2011) served as the 14th president of Indiana University from 1971-1987, during the time IU East was established as a regional campus.

IU is celebrating its Bicentennial this year. As a part of the celebrations, IU is adding historical markers at campuses across the state to commemorate significant people, places, events and organizations that have had an impact on IU, the state, the nation and the world. The State Historical Marker is located at the entrance to the right of the walkway.

Chancellor Cruz-Uribe said the markers signify the commitment and service the campus has provided to the region, especially as IU East prepares to celebrate its 50th anniversary beginning July 1, 2020.

"All of Indiana University's regional campuses are proud to be part of such a fine institution with a long and distinguished history," Cruz-Uribe said. "It is exciting to be standing here, on the brink of IU's third century of outstanding scholarship and service to the state of Indiana."

On July 1, 1971, the IU Board of Trustees established Indiana University East. A group of community leaders raised funds by area citizens and the trustees purchased 225 acres of land in Richmond near the junction of U.S. 27 and Interstate 70. Construction of the first building, Whitewater Hall, was completed in 1974 and dedicated in January 1975.

"These markers will be landmarks on the IU East campus that will inspire future generations of students and scholars," Cruz-Uribe said. "I hope that all who pass by, or who pause to reflect here, will remember the origins of our campus and particularly our close ties to the community, which we are proud to serve in so many ways through our teaching, scholarly activities, and service."

Rivard said the markers represent the history and community connections, but also over 10,800 alumni.

"First, these markers honor the work of the faculty, staff, and community in establishing an institution of higher learning in Richmond, Indiana," Rivard said. "Second, they are also a reminder of what has made IU East relevant: the constructive relationships, conversations, and collaborative partnerships which allowed -- and continue to allow -- the educational mission to flourish. Finally, and more importantly, they are a tribute to the accomplishments of the students who have passed through the university and now contribute in important ways to their communities as a result."

Capshew said he was happy to attend today's event to dedicate the first IU Bicentennial marker on the IU East campus, and the first State Historical Marker on any IU campus.

"IU East has a great sense of history," Capshew said. "These markers commemorate and document the large role that Indiana University has played to provide higher education statewide. It is important to commemorate the buildings and places where students have learned, socialized, and connected with others. The markers are a way to relate the past with the present."

The State Historical Marker is the 13th marker installed in Wayne County.

The state marker examines IU East's establishment and the growth of the campus over the years. This is one of a series of markers dedicated to commemorate IU's regional campuses in 2019 and 2020.

Pfieffer said the State Historical Markers date back to 1946 and include over 670 markers across the state. She said historical markers provide an opportunity to return stories to the historical landscape in which they belong.

"By doing so, we're able to examine, commemorate, and reflect on the wide variety of topics that have had a significant impact in shaping the stat," Pfieffer said. "This new marker for IU East allows us to share the history of this campus and the larger history of IU's regional campuses. This is actually the first of several markers that will be commemorated this year and in 2020 for IU's regional campuses and we look forward to being part of those programs as well."

Today's ceremony is available to watch on Facebook at

About the IU Bicentennial Marker

The IU Bicentennial Marker is modeled after the State of Indiana's historical marker program and many successful municipal programs, the Indiana University Historical Marker Program notes significant people, places, events, and organizations that have had an extraordinary impact on the university, state, nation, and world. The markers are visually appealing and are installed on campus and at off-campus heritage sites where appropriate.

Supplied Photo: IU East Chancellor Kathy Cruz-Uribe unveils the IU Bicentennial Marker during the dedication ceremony held November 5 in front of Whitewater Hall.
IU East Chancellor Kathy Cruz-Uribe unveils the IU Bicentennial Marker during the dedication ceremony held November 5 in front of Whitewater Hall.

The IU Bicentennial Marker reads:

In 1971, the Trustees of Indiana University, with significant financial assistance from local residents, purchased land for a new campus in Richmond.[1] Breaking ground in 1972, the main building of Indiana University East was dedicated by IU President John Ryan in 1975.[2] This building, similar in function and style to first buildings on other regional campuses, served as a comprehensive academic center. It provided classrooms, laboratories, an auditorium, computer facilities, a library, a student center, and faculty and staff offices for the new campus.[3] In 1992, upon the construction of Hayes Hall, the campus' second building, it was christened Whitewater Hall, in honor of the east fork of the Whitewater River running through Richmond.[4] Remaining a vital center on an expanded campus, Whitewater Hall embodies the confluence of educational aspirations in the local community with the statewide presence of Indiana University.

For more information on the IU Bicentennial, visit

About the State Historical Marker

State historical markers commemorate significant individuals, organizations, places, and events in Indiana history.

Supplied Photo: IU East also dedicated a State Historic Marker in front of Whitewater Hall on November 5.
IU East also dedicated a State Historic Marker in front of Whitewater Hall on November 5. The State Historical Marker is the 13th placed in Wayne County. Chancellor Cruz-Uribe and Melissa Vance unveil the State Historic Marker with (from left to right) Angie Dickman, Elizabeth George, James Capshew, TJ Rivard and Casey Pfeiffer.

These markers help communities throughout the state promote, preserve, and present their history for the education and enjoyment of residents and tourists of all ages. For over 100 years, the Indiana Historical Bureau has been marking Indiana history. Since 1946, the marker format has been the large roadside marker, which has the familiar dark blue background with gold lettering and the outline of the state of Indiana at the top. Over 670 of these markers have been installed over the years.

The IU East marker is the 13th state historical marker installed in Wayne County. For a listing of other markers in the county, visit

The state marker reads:

In 1946, Indiana University joined Earlham College to form an extension center in Richmond to meet the region's educational needs. The center offered the first two years of college credit through evening classes held at the Earlham campus. In 1967, Purdue University and Ball State University partnered with the center to expand vocational and technical courses. By 1970, community members raised funds for a new campus and IU began assuming administrative responsibilities. In 1971, the center became Indiana University East, the sixth regional campus of IU. Construction of the first building, later Whitewater Hall, was completed in 1974. The new campus was dedicated in 1975 and first bachelor's degree awarded in 1977.

For more information about the Indiana Historical Marker Program and other resources about Indiana, visit the Indiana Historical Bureau's website at

IU East Announces 41st Annual Whitewater Valley Art Competition Awards, Entrants

Posted October 30, 2019

The annual Whitewater Valley Art Competition awards reception was held October 18 at Indiana University East. Originating in 1978 with open judging, the event has hosted prestigious artists and art experts of national acclaim for the jurying.

The exhibition includes 54 pieces from 46 artists across Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Ohio and Michigan.

Artwork was selected by this year's jurors Brian Harper, artist and associate professor of fine arts and ceramics area coordinator at IU Southeast; Emily Sheehan, an artist and assistant professor of fine arts at IU Southeast; and Minda Douglas, an artist and associate professor in fine arts and coordinator of the Fine Arts Program at IU Kokomo. The jurors determined the award winners.

The 41st Whitewater Valley Art exhibit is on display in The Gallery and Meijer Artway now through December 13. The regional competition accepts entries from artists ages 18 and over residing in Indiana and its neighboring states.

The exhibit is presented by First Bank Richmond.

About the Jurors

  • Brian Harper is an artist and associate professor of fine arts and ceramics area coordinator at IU Southeast. He holds a B.F.A. from Northern Arizona University and an M.F.A. from the University of Iowa. His work has been exhibited in over 80 national and international exhibitions, including seven solo exhibitions. In addition to his studio practice and his teaching, Harper is the founder and executive director of Artaxis Organization, Inc., a nonprofit art organization that promotes the professional pursuits of artists in ceramics and sculpture. hosts the work of over 450 contemporary artists and is one of the largest peer-reviewed collections of contemporary work in ceramics and sculpture online.
  • Emily Sheehan is an assistant professor of fine arts at IU Southeast and has work in the collections of the Weisman Art Museum, the Target Corporation, and the College of St. Benedict. She received her M.F.A. from Minneapolis College of Art and Design with a focus on visual studies and earned her B.A. in studio arts from the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph, Minnesota. She's exhibited her work in numerous solo and juried group exhibitions throughout the United States. In 2015 she served as an invited lecturer at the We All Draw: Interdisciplinary Symposium in London, England.
  • Minda Douglas is an associate professor in fine arts and coordinator of the Fine Arts Program at IU Kokomo. She teaches courses in printmaking, drawing, two-dimensional design, painting and art history. She has an interest in overseas travel with students, and she has taken several groups to Italy and France as part of her courses. She exhibits her mixed media drawings, prints and installations locally, regionally and nationally. In 2011, Douglas exhibited her work in a one-person exhibition at the 924 Gallery in Indianapolis titled Change Is Nature. She was a recipient of the Creative Renewal Fellowship from the Indiana Arts Council in 2003, and she has won several top awards in juried exhibitions in Indiana and across the country.

IU East's 41st Annual Whitewater Valley Art Competition Top Entrants

First Place ($2,500 award)

  • Steven C. Meyer, Porter, Indiana - "Marie...Marie...DU Est Le Fromage," Wood, paint, glass and wire

Second Place ($1,000 award)

  • Wendi Smith, Corydon, Indiana - "Wishbone Reliquary," Acrylic, metal leaf on wood box and found natural objects

Third Place ($750 award)

  • Kyle Surges, Lockport, Illinois - "Drinking Happy Bird," Oil on panel

Honorable Mention

  • Susan Carlson, Cincinnati, Ohio ($250) - "Samaritan," Acrylic
  • Sam Kelly, Dayton, Ohio ($250) - "Still Life IX," Oil, cold wax on paper
  • Sylvia Harwood, Ellsworth, Michigan ($250) - "Madama Butterfly," Mosaic artwork oil

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

Posted October 30, 2019

Area business leaders and community members are invited to attend the Indiana University's Kelley School of Business 2020 Outlook Tour from 7:30-9 a.m. on Thursday, November 14, in McGuire Hall at the Richmond Art Museum, 380 Hub Etchison Parkway.

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 continental breakfast at 7:30 a.m. followed by the panel presentations at 8 a.m. A public question-and-answer session will follow.

Register through Eventbrite.

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 2020.

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:

  • Sun Yoon, economic research analyst with the Indiana Business Research Center.
  • Catherine Bonser-Neal, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Finance at the Kelley School of Business.
  • Kyle Anderson, Clinical Assistant Professor of Business Economics at the Kelley School of Business in Indianapolis.
  • Oi Lin Cheung, Associate professor of finance for the IU East School of Business and Economics

The event is free this year, and includes breakfast.

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

LifeStream Services provides free Medicare consultations during Open Enrollment

Posted October 30, 2019

LifeStream Services is providing free Medicare consultations with trained State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) counselors during Medicare Open Enrollment.

The State Health Insurance Assistance Program provides free, impartial health insurance information for people with Medicare. SHIP can help answer questions regarding Medicare, Medicare Supplement Insurance, Medicare Advantage, Medicaid, long-term care insurance, prescription coverage, and low-income assistance.

One-on-one appointments can be scheduled through December 7 by calling LifeStream at 800-589- 1121. Those who are unable to travel, or prefer not to, can speak with a SHIP counselor on the phone who can assess their current coverage and make other recommendations.

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 and follow on Facebook at .

Old National Road Welcome Center to Host Richmond Racing Book Signing

Posted October 30, 2019

Richmond writers Bill Holder and Ronn Berry have captured the auto racing history of Richmond, Indiana with their latest book, Richmond Racing. The public is invited to meet the authors, Saturday, November 16th the Old National Road Welcome Center from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Richmond was once home to five race tracks including open wheel, stock car, drag, motorcycles, and roadracing which are all represented in their book along with vintage photos and newspaper clippings of the era. Throughout the book, the authors share stories of tracks dating back to the early 1900's and of the racers, many of whom, went on to become well known at the Indy 500, Eldora Speedway and Daytona 500 races.

During the book signing, there will be over a dozen vintage and current racecars on display and area drivers in attendance. An autograph page inside the book provides opportunities for attendees to collect autographs from drivers. Books are $20.00 and proceeds will be donated to the Dayton Auto Racing Fan Club's Injured Drivers Fund. Just in time for the holidays, this local book is a must have for any racing or local history enthusiast.

The Old National Road Welcome Center is located at 5701 National Road East, Richmond, Indiana. For more information call 765-935-8687 or

Singles Interaction Newsletter - November 2019

Posted October 16, 2019

Supplied Flyer: November 2019 Singles Interaction 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!

IU East School of Business and Economics Fall Speakers Series begins September 18

Posted September 24, 2019

Indiana University East's School of Business and Economics Fall Speaker Series will begin on September 18 with expert Ray Sylvester, Ph.D., associate professor of marketing and personal branding at Anderson University.

Sylvester will present "It's Persona! B!Z!" Your 'Personal Brand V.A.L.U. E™' drives purpose and performance," at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 18, in Whitewater Hall Room 132. The series is free and open to the public.

The Fall Speaker Series is sponsored by the Charles Koch Foundation and co-sponsored by Delta Mu Delta, the IU East Business and Economic Research Center, the IU East Center for Economic Education, School of Nursing and Health Sciences and the Department of Criminal Justice.

Sylvester is a professor, coach, consultant, and speaker. He currently teaches at Anderson University. He works with individuals and companies in multiple sectors including technology, banking and finance, healthcare, energy, music and entertainment, elite and professional sport, and not-for-profit. Ray moved to the United States in 2016 with his wife and four children. He is a former British college champion, British Championship and international medalist in the Olympic sport of Judo.

Later this fall, presentations by Anthony Gill, professor of political science at the University of Washington; Robert Lawson, Ph.D., professor of practice and Jerome M. Fullinwider Centennial Chair in Economic Freedom at the Southern Methodist University Cox School of Business; Punyamurtula Kishore, M.D., founder of Preventive Medicine Associates, Addiction Medicine Associates, and National Library of Addiction; and Jake Monaghan, assistant professor of philosophy at the University of New Orleans.

Fall Speaker Series Presentations

  • Ray Sylvester, Ph.D., Associate Professor at Anderson University
    • Date/Time: Wednesday, September 18, 3:30 p.m.
    • Location: Whitewater Hall Room 132.
    • Topic: "It's Persona! B!Z!" Your 'Personal Brand V.A.L.U. E™' drives purpose and performance"
  • Anthony Gill, Ph.D., Professor of Political Science at the University of Washington
    • Date/Time: Wednesday, October 23, 2 p.m.
    • Location: Whitewater Hall Room 132
    • Topic: "Tipping Points" An Economic Defense of Gratuities.
    • Date/Time: Thursday, October 24, 12:30 p.m.
    • Location: Springwood Hall Room 203
    • Topic: The Comparative Endurance and Efficiency of Religion
  • Robert Lawson, Professor at Southern Methodist University
    • Date/Time: Thursday, November 7, 12:30 p.m.
    • Location: Springwood Hall Room 203
    • Topic: Socialism Sucks: Two Economists Drink Their Way Through the Unfree World.
  • Punyamurtula Kishore, M.D. Founder of Preventive Medicine Associates, Addiction Medicine Associates, and National Library of Addiction,
    • Co-sponsored by the School of Nursing and Health Sciences.
    • Date/Time: Wednesday, November 13, 9:30 a.m.
    • Location: Whitewater Hall Room 132
    • Topic: The Language of Addiction & Recovery
    • Date/Time: Wednesday, November 13, 4:30 p.m.
    • Location: Tom Raper Hall Room 124
    • Topic: Addiction and Its Effects on Families/the U.S. Population
  • Jake Monaghan, Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of New Orleans
    • Co-sponsored by the Department of Criminal Justice.
    • Date/Time: Wednesday, November 13, 12:30 p.m.
    • Location: Springwood Hall Rooms 203 and 211
    • Topic: Lessons from the Opioid Epidemic
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Richmond was once known as "the lawnmower capital" because of the lawn mowers manufactured here from the late 19th century through the mid-20th century. Manufacturers included Motomower, Dille-McGuire and F&N.