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Senior Adult Ministry September Meeting

Posted September 18, 2019

The spotlight is on Home Health Care at the September meeting of the Senior Adult Ministry. Sandy Weatherly will speak about her experiences and the many facets of Home Health Care available today. Sandy has more than 30 years of experience in the field and is a certified nursing assistant.

The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, September 24, at First United Methodist Church, 318 National Road West, Richmond, IN. Bring friends and snacks to share. All senior adults are welcome. 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.

Singles Interaction Newsletter - October 2019

Posted September 18, 2019

Supplied Flyer: October 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!

2019 Stamm Koechlein Family Foundation Grants Awarded to 27 Local Nonprofit Organizations and Schools

Posted September 18, 2019

Stamm Koechlein Family Foundation is pleased to announce awards of over $225,000 in recent grants to 27 local nonprofits and schools. The 2019 grant distributions bring the total investment in the Richmond community to well over $3 million dollars since the Foundation's inception in 2000. SKFF focuses funding attention on organizations whose programming supports the youth of the Richmond community.

"We are really pleased to be granting over $225,000 to local organizations this year! From youth leadership development to reward programs for student behavior, SKFF is working hard to support the incredible work of our youth-serving organizations. We are so proud to be their partner in creating a community that supports and celebrates our children," said SKFF President Monica Koechlein.

Nonprofits receiving operational support for current programming (and staff support) are: Amigos, Boys & Girls Club, Cardinal Greenway, JUKO (Richmond Parks Department), Stage One, Cope Environmental Center, Joseph Moore Museum, K-Ready (Every Child Can Read), Richmond Parks Department, Communities in Schools, Civic Hall, and Richmond Art Museum.

RCS schools including Test Intermediate, Charles Elementary, Crestdale Elementary, Fairview Elementary, Starr Elementary, Vaile Elementary and Westview will receive funding to help with a variety of programs that encourage healthy, positive behaviors, provide leadership development for students, and promote responsible decision-making.

Equipment grants and capital upgrades were awarded to Richmond Pickleball Project, Women's Workshop Richmond, and Hayes Arboretum.

New programs and staff positions are being supported at Wayne County Historical Museum and Richmond Symphony Orchestra while IU East will receive funding for program expansion.

STARTedUP will receive funding for creative problem solving/entrepreneurial awards and the Richmond Meltdown is receiving funding for support of this popular family festival!

"It is the deep family roots and ties to the Richmond community that make the Stamm Koechlein Family Foundation truly invested in providing significant opportunities to the citizens of our community. In particular, their dedication to our youth is unmatched and has been instrumental in improving the quality of life for many children," said Richmond Art Museum Executive Director Shaun Dingwerth.

The mission of Stamm Koechlein Family Foundation is to actively serve the communities of (SKFF) board members, especially Richmond, Indiana and the surrounding areas. SKFF supports non-profit community organizations that enhance the vitality of the community, especially for young people. For more information about the Foundation, please visit or Facebook like the organization on Facebook.

Randolph County Promise, IU East celebrate first day of college for third-graders at "Walk into My Future"

Posted September 18, 2019

Randolph County brought 293 third-grade students to Indiana University East today (September 13) for the Randolph County Promise event, "Walk into My Future."

The program helps third-grade students and their parents open a College Choice 529 Direct Savings plan, which may be used to pay for education beyond high school.

When families enroll in the program, the Community Foundation of Randolph County deposits $25 into their account. If students add money to their account during Champion Week in October, they will be eligible to have their contributions matched by members of the community.

Additionally, every third-grade student received a $1,000 scholarship, provided by IU East, to go toward the costs of college. The scholarship will be available to Randolph County third-grade students who attend IU East as part of the incoming class of 2029.

IU East hosted "Walk into My Future," a day of interactive learning and hands-on discovery. The third-graders had a peek at what their future college experience could be like through their experiences. IU East Chancellor Kathy Cruz-Uribe said she is proud of IU East's involvement in the program.

"Today we get to celebrate the future as each of these students take the step toward a college education," Cruz-Uribe said. "This event is just one many ways IU East works to fulfill its mission in the region. We hope this event will inspire each of these students to think about what they can be when they grow up, and just as importantly, what they and their families can do now to prepare for that future." The six elementary schools in Randolph County participate in the "Walk into My Future" day at IU East including:

  • Deerfield Elementary, Ridgeville
  • Monroe Central Elementary, Parker City
  • North Side Elementary, Union City
  • Randolph Southern Elementary, Lynn
  • Union Elementary, Modoc
  • and Willard Elementary, Winchester

While at IU East, the third-graders explored college through a series of learning stations, toured the campus, and talked with university students, faculty and staff. Faculty led fun activities in the areas of science, nursing, humanities, business and education. Examples of activities are virtual reality demonstrations, astronomy, theater games, germ fighters, fingerprinting, an art hunt, making music, Spanish Bingo, math games and fun with reading.

Additionally, each student received an "I Did It" certificate and had their photo taken with Rufus the Red Wolf, IU East's mascot.

Lisa Jennings, executive director of the Community Foundation of Randolph County, said the event is a collaborative effort.

"Randolph County Promise is an inspiring opportunity for families to focus on their children's futures. It is a great way to show children that their family, friends and the Randolph County communities care and believe in them. We partner with IU East to strengthen the Promise with their innovation and to build hope for future careers for our students. We are so appreciative of these collaborative partnerships that will not only impact our youth, but our communities as well. Everyone involved has been amazing," Jennings said. The Promise program is supported by Promise Indiana through the Indiana Youth Institute, the Indiana Education Savings Authority, and Lilly Endowment, Inc., as a combined effort to Increase college and career readiness around the state.

Carol Mills, coordinator for Randolph County Promise, said the "Walk into My Future" event is an exciting day that provides several opportunities for children to explore, to meet college students and instructors, and to visit campus.

"The children are very excited because this is their first day of college," Mills said. "By the end of the day, they're talking about the different types of things that they could do and the careers they can purse. One little boy last year said he felt like he could do anything after being there, so it is a really exciting day."

Mills said the program has provided more than she could hope for, especially going through the event for the first time last year. She said there was a wide variety of stations available to the children so they could explore future careers in different areas including art, news broadcast, nursing, Spanish and more. "It was very involved and the students were very engaged," Mills said. "The excitement was just very contagious." One of the new incentives this year encourages families to register their third-grade student by September 1. Each of these students are eligible for a $100 deposit to their account from the Randolph County Foundation if their name is drawn. Each school had one name drawn today at IU East. The names not drawn were then combined with all of the schools, with one third-grader's name drawn for a $529 contribution to their account by the Community Foundation.

Later this year, third-graders will have another opportunity to add to their individual accounts through Randolph County Foundation incentives. In December and May, a new incentive will provide $10 for every hour a student completes for reading or service in the community - up to $100 - added to their account by the foundation.

"We want students to take some initiative and work toward their education," Mills said. "Of course we're going to help them as much as we can along the way."

According to the Promise program, students with a college savings account of $1-$499 are four and one-half times more likely to enroll in and complete college than those with no college savings accounts, yet only 11.7 percent of Indiana students have those accounts.

Cruz-Uribe said IU East is committed to helping third-graders across Randolph County achieve their dreams of one day attending college.

"I'm a big proponent of what Randolph County Promise is working to achieve," she said. "We hope to see many of these students years from now when they return to campus as part of our incoming class of 2029." "This is just the best thing to come to Randolph County students in my lifetime. I really encourage all Randolph County families to get their third-grader enrolled in the 529 plan if they haven't done that," Mills said.

Registration is available online for Randolph County third-graders at or email Carol Mills at

U.S. News and World Report Names EC One of Nation's Most Innovative Schools

Posted September 10, 2019

Earlham College has earned new recognition from U.S. News and World Report as one of the nation's "Most Innovative Schools."

In the 2020 edition of U.S. News' "Best Colleges" guidebook, Earlham is featured as one of 55 institutions taking a pioneering approach in the areas of academics, campus life, technology or facilities. Earlham stands alongside other leading liberal arts colleges including Bates, Carleton, Oberlin and Amherst, in warranting the recognition.

Earlham also maintains its reputation as a national leader among all liberal arts colleges for academic quality, diversity, and affordability in the popular resource for college-bound students and their families. Earlham ranks 25th on U.S. News' lists for "Best Undergraduate Teaching," 34th for "Best Value," and 7th for the percentage of international students on campus.

"We're thrilled that U.S. News recognizes our innovative spirit and commitment to providing access to the very best that a liberal arts education can offer," Earlham President Anne Houtman says. "We offer funding for every student to pursue their passion and embark on a journey full of unexpected discoveries and learning experiences that transform the way they think about the world around them – and how they can connect with it."

Earlham delivers on an extraordinary, career-discerning liberal arts education through the Earlham Program for an Integrative Curriculum, or EPIC. This four-year journey combines the academicmajor with out-of-the-classroom learning experiences, including research, study abroad, internships, and leadership development, to prepare students exceptionally well for life beyond Earlham.

The EPIC Advantage, an offer of up to $5,000 for every student to embark on these types of experiences, is a signature feature of thatjourney andprovides a level of support that few institutions in the country can match. In fact, The EPIC Advantage was recognized earlier this summer by Insider as one of 13 "out-of-the-ordinary" academic programs for students across the nation.

EPIC funded more than 300 student experiences this past summer. A sampling of those experiences included internships with the United Nations and Ernst & Young, an opportunity to perform a new play at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland, and research in Tanzania to study animal behavior and conservation.

Closer to home, an interdisciplinary group of students and faculty studied the ways that language and culture relate to immigrants' access to health care. Students gained practice conducting health inventory interviews in Spanish, learned about public policies and medical ethics, and then visited health facilities serving Latinx communities in Indianapolis.

Overall, Earlham ranked 80th among national liberal arts colleges, up from 81st a year ago.

To compile the rankings, U.S. News compared hundreds of bachelor's degree-granting institutions from across the United States on 15 diverse measures of academic quality. These rankings heavily favor schools that are successful at retaining and graduating students while providing them with access to quality, full-time instructors. U.S. News also considers expert opinions, alumni giving, the selectivity of admissions, and the average spending per student on instruction, research and other student services.

To see the full rankings, visit

East-Central Indiana Businesses Invited to Participate in 2019 Survey

Posted September 10, 2019

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 2018 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

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 2019 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 Monday, September 9, 2019 to Friday, September 20, 2019.

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 2019.

For more information, contact the director of the Business and Economic Research Center and Associate Professor of Finance Oi Lin (Irene) Cheung 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.

Women's Leadership Conference

Posted September 5, 2019

It's time to register for the 12th annual Women's Leadership Conference, held on October 4, 2019! Below is this year's brochure outlining all the workshops and showing the timeline for the day.

Register and pay at before September 29, 2019.

Brochure: Cover Page

Brochure: Session Info

Woodcut Prints on Exhibit at Reid Health

Posted August 29, 2019

The current exhibit in the MacDowell Gallery at Reid Hospital features woodcut prints by Robin Nicholson, who grew up here in Richmond and works as an art teacher for Richmond Community Schools. Four large, hand-colored prints depict stages of grief over the loss of the artist's mother to cancer. The series was part of Nicholson's senior thesis project for her fine arts degree from Guilford College in Greensboro, North Carolina. Additional prints in the exhibit feature Quaker Meetinghouses and other historic buildings from the local area.Supplied Art: "Don't Forget Me by Robin Nicholoson"
"Don't Forget Me" Hand-colored woodcut print by Robin Nicholson

Robin Nicholson's love of old buildings and interest in local history is evident in her work. In her artist statement, she writes: "My prints of historic buildings in Richmond as well as of other locations around the country and world are not exact realistic representations of what you would see out your window if you would drive by in the car. They are created from historic photos, contemporary photos, memory, and artistic license. Shrubs, trees, fences, and sidewalks change with time, but what I hope shines through in my prints is the soul of the building, the soul which was created with the sweat, blood, and tears of the craftsmen and artisans who built these magnificent buildings as well as all of those who have loved and looked after them for many years." Supplied Art: 2116 East Main Street” Woodcut print by Robin Nicholson
2116 East Main Street" Woodcut print by Robin Nicholson

The MacDowell Gallery is located on the second floor of the hospital and the current exhibit will be on display through September 20.

Reid Family Birthing team Among First to Receive 'EMPower' Training

Posted August 26, 2019

The Reid Health Family Birthing Center staff is among the first in the nation to successfully complete the "EMPower Training initiative," a competency training program to advance knowledge and skills in evidence-based maternity practices to promote optimal infant nutrition.

Funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the EMPower Training initiative is committed to safe implementation of maternity care practices to support infant nutrition, including breastfeeding, with a goal of improving public health.

As part of this effort, Reid Health committed to training staff in accordance with the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) guidance outlined in the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding.

Misti Foust-Cofield, Vice President/Chief Nursing Officer, notes the news comes on the third anniversary of the health system's receiving international Baby-Friendly® designation and during National Breastfeeding Awareness month. "This is another example that illustrates our commitment to offering our moms and babies exceptional support and education designed to encourage their best health."

"This education program will help us continue to provide up-to-date information to our families and give them the support they need to be successful in breastfeeding their babies," said Rachele Severance, RN, Nurse Manager of the Family birthing Center. She and Stephanie Field, RN, Service Line Director for Women and Children's Services, said the training, along with the Safe Baby car seat and Safe Sleep initiatives, are instrumental in helping reduce infant mortality in Indiana. "All of these initiatives support state legislation aimed at reducing Indiana's high infant Mortality rates by focusing on support and education for our mothers and families."

With the help of the EMPower Training initiative, the Family Birthing Center is using a more standardized program to equip staff with the skills needed to continue to support mothers in the safe implementation of optimal infant nutrition.

The EMPower Team is led by Abt Associates, Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute, and the Center for Public Health Quality.

IU East's Center for Service-Learning Provides Effective Tutoring Programs

Posted August 26, 2019

Indiana University East's Center for Service-Learning served over 325 students in grades K-12 this year to improve their academic skills, gain confidence in the classroom and to set positive goals for their future. Over half of those students (173) were in grades 6-12 and they were registered in the Indiana Kids program.

Partnerships with Indiana Kids plus the center's Math Counts! Program (funded by the Stamm Koechlein Family Foundation), connected more than 30 IU East students with middle and high school students to provide tutoring and mentoring for math, English, science and social studies.

Supplied Photo: IU East Students in Tutor Training
IU East students attend training sessions to tutor K-12 students in a variety of subjects through the Center for Service-Learning.

Indiana Kids is a collaboration between Indiana University and Serve Indiana providing academic tutoring, mentoring, and workshops for students statewide in grades 6-12. This program, developed through IUPUI, is at all the Indiana University campuses, and the Center for Service-Learning houses the IU East Indiana Kids program in the Campus Library. Indiana Kids and the IU East Center for Service-Learning have collaborated since 2017.

All registered Indiana Kids can access free online tutoring in the evening during program dates, and each IU campus has unique services and workshops. IU East offers on-campus tutoring in the summer and after school during the school year, as well as off-campus tutoring and mentoring at area schools and organizations.

IU East has also been able to offer tutoring to K-5 students, through the Math Counts! program as well as through work-study tutors or volunteers.

Ann Tobin, campus/community service-learning liaison at IU East, said the partnership with Indiana Kids has allowed the center to hire additional tutors to serve more secondary students since tutoring was first offered in summer 2015.

"Indiana Kids also allowed us to introduce mentoring and workshops, which usually involved college readiness," Tobin said.

The third and most recent Indiana Kids college readiness workshop was co-hosted with the IU East women's basketball team on July 18. The program, "Get Your Head in the Game," brought young students and their parents to the campus to focus on growth mindset, how to fund their education, and how to manage their plans for the future. Amy Jarecki, dean of students; Brittany Chesher, associate director of Financial Aid; and Twenty-first Century Scholars representatives, shared their expertise in a program designed by one of the Indiana Kids program coordinators, Cassidy Clouse. Clouse is a 2018 graduate of IU East and will attend the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law.

Supplied Photo: IU East Student Tutors a student in the library.
IU East student Eric Mejia tutors a student at the Campus Library.

Indiana Kids also allowed the IU East center to expand its services off campus by providing tutoring and mentoring in area schools, including Richmond High School, Hibberd Early College Academy, Test Middle School, Northeastern High School, and Union High School, as well as Girls, Inc. of Wayne County. The locations of this outreach are determined by school request and tutor/mentor availability. It works best for some Red Wolves to work where they live, and oftentimes IU East students are excited to return to their hometown schools as role models to tutor, mentor, and share their recent experiences with students who stand where they once stood. One such IU East Indiana Kids tutor/mentor includes Alexis Williams, who returned to Union High School last year to work with individual students on academics as well as college preparation.

Additionally, the center at IU East recently completed its fifth summer of K-12 tutoring, serving about 30 K-12 students each week for 6 weeks. Fall tutoring programs will begin in September.

"We were able to send our tutors out to schools and organizations to work with students in their summer programs, especially Girls, Inc.," Tobin said. "I could not do the planning and preparation for the summer program, as well as the tracking and reporting, without the help of student coordinators. Eric Mejia has been the primary coordinator. His problem-solving skills, as well as his exceptional ability to relate to and connect with parents/students/teachers are vital to the success of the program."

For spring semester 2019, funding from the Indiana Kids program provided 844 hours of tutoring/mentoring and 1,031 interactions with students in grades 6-12. After each term, assessments of the tutoring program are done by surveying participating students, parents, school site supervisors, and the IU East tutors and mentors.

For spring 2019, more than eighty percent of the parents participating in the assessment, and who brought their child to campus for the after school tutoring program, indicated their child enjoyed school more, did better in classes they found to be difficult, received better grades, showed more interest in completing high school, showed more interest in completing positive goals, worked harder to achieve set goals, showed more confidence in managing difficult situations, became more aware of college opportunities available, had greater awareness of career options after high school and practiced healthy behaviors more often. All parents indicated that they believed the mentor/tutor was a positive influence in their students' learning.

Students who received mentoring and tutoring from IU East students indicated positive outcomes in the assessment as well. All 22 students participating in the assessment felt they improved in math through the help of their tutor. Students indicated that participation in the program made them feel more confident that they could solve difficult problems if they try hard enough, they felt more able to deal with difficult situations, they got better grades, and they were certain that they will finish high school.

Tobin said after school tutoring for this fall will begin September 23 at IU East. Tutoring is held Monday through Thursday from 4-6 p.m. in the Campus Library, located in Hayes Hall. To register for tutoring programs, email Ann Tobin at or register online at

Parents or students in grades 6-12 who are interested in tutoring or mentoring at their schools may submit an online application at and talk with their teacher, counselor, CIS coordinator or principal about receiving tutoring/mentoring services.

Wayne County Foundation Awards $89,885 in Key Initiative Grant Cycle

Posted August 22, 2019

The Wayne County Foundation has awarded $89,885 to six local organizations in support of strategic priorities identified by Forward Wayne County.

"The wide range of projects and initiatives proposed for this cycle was especially impressive," said Steve Borchers, the Foundation's executive director. "We have no doubt that the ones selected for funding will have a meaningful impact on our community."

This is the complete list of grant awards approved by the Foundation's Board of Directors at its August meeting:

Cambridge City Main Street $25,000

In support of the development of a flexible use, multi-faceted Arts and Development Center to be situated in the historic canal-era Mathias and Kline buildings located on Main Street in Cambridge City.

Centerville-Abington Schools $8,735

To expand current preschool offerings with the goal of reducing the number of students needing retention in Kindergarten

Earlham College $18,500

In support of the Earlham EPIC Grant Challenge-an incentivized competition structured to develop Earlham-community partnerships that will collaboratively propose solutions to local social and economic problems.

Indiana University East $10,150

In support of a new program called Empower Wayne County. The program will provide exciting learning opportunities for students and a chance for local non-profits to utilize IU East students' expertise and energy to develop new programs or tackle projects that help move these organizations forward.

Junior Achievement of Eastern Indiana $2,500

To expand the career readiness programming for high school seniors in Wayne County

Richmond Neighborhood Restoration $25,000

To increase the capital capacity of Richmond Neighborhood Restoration's Loan Fund for property acquisition.

The Wayne County Foundation exists to foster and encourage private philanthropic giving, to enhance the spirit of community and to improve the quality of life in the Wayne County, Indiana, area now and for future generations.

Women with Purpose Fund Now Accepting Grant Applications

Posted August 22, 2019

The Women with Purpose Fund of the Wayne County Foundation – associated with the Women's Leadership Conference - is now accepting grant applications.

You may download the guidelines and application. All the information you should need to submit a grant are answered there but if you have additional questions about this application process, please call or email Rachel Hughes (765.962.1638 or

Completed applications are due September 17.

Singles Interaction Newsletter - September 2019

Posted August 19, 2019

Supplied Flyer: September 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!

Family R.E.A.D. Program Announced

Posted August 14, 2019

Supplied Flyer: Family R.E.A.D.

We are pleased to introduce you to a new initiative for youth and families to explore non-fiction books and participate in interactive learning activities with IU East students and faculty.

Family R.E.A.D. – Read, Explore, Ask, Discover! events will be on the second Saturdays throughout Fall, from 10-11:30 a.m., September 14, October 12, and November 9, at the Campus Library in Hayes Hall, on the IU East Campus. All events are free.

The resource guide provides more information: and if you have any questions, call 765.973.8470. We are requesting registration – available through an online link in the guide - so we know how many supplies will be needed.

Junior Red Wolves Recruiting Members

Posted August 14, 2019

Supplied Flyer: Junior Red Wolves

The Junior Red Wolves is recruiting new members! More information about that: There you will find online and printable registration forms.

Membership is free, and open to youth through grade 6. Benefits include an Official Junior Red Wolves membership card; free admission to all regular season home athletic events; birthday greetings from Rufus, the IU East Red Wolves Mascot; and invitations to Junior Red Wolves special events.

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