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East-Central Indiana Businesses Invited to Participate in 2018 Survey

Posted September 17, 2018

Thanks to the tremendous support from the local business communities, economic development corporations and chambers of commerce, the IU East Business and Economic Research Center (the BERC) continues to see successful response rates each year for the East-Central Business Survey. Based on the valuable responses collected, the BERC successfully calculated the 2017 value of the IU East Regional Business Confidence Index. The report had been released on the IU East Business and Economic Research Center (the BERC) website at

The BERC, a center within the School of Business and Economics at Indiana University East, is again working with the local economic development corporations and chambers of commerce to conduct the 2018 annual business survey for the East-Central Indiana region. The survey will be open to businesses/companies in the Fayette, Henry, Randolph, Union, and Wayne counties from Monday, September 17, to Friday, September 28.

Results of the survey will help the BERC maintain the IU East Regional Business Confidence Index to monitor the business sentiment and economic trend in our region, and also assist further the local and regional economic studies conducted by the BERC. In addition, survey results might aid the aforementioned economic development corporations 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 2018.

For more information, contact Associate Professor of Economics and Finance Litao (Lee) Zhong at (765) 973-8289 or the Principal Researcher of the Business and Economic Research Center and Associate Professor of Finance Oi Lin (Irene) Cheung at (765) 973-8497.

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.

Piles to Files: Organize Your Office Paperwork

Posted September 17, 2018

Supplied Flyer: Piles to Files

On Friday, September 28 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Lori Firsdon will be at Morrisson-Reeves Library, 80 North Sixth Street, Richmond to give you some simple tips to get your office files under control.

Peter Fletcher, Classical Guitar Recital

Posted September 17, 2018

Supplied Flyer: Peter Fletcher, Classical Guitar Recital

Thursday, September 27, 2018
6:30 p.m., Bard Room at Morrisson-Reeves Library

Morrisson-Reeves Library announces an evening of spectacular music with award-winning, classical guitarist, Peter Fletcher. His repertoire will include, Bach's Lute Suite No. 3, Five Bagatelles by British composer William Walton, Cordoba by Isaac Albeniz, Peter's transcriptions of Erick Satie and Paganini's dazzling Caprice No. 24.

Peter made his New York Debut at Carnegie Hall in February 2007, and returns every year to a sold-out house. In demand as a performer in cultural venues throughout the country, Mr. Fletcher has been invited to give recitals at the George Eastman House in Rochester, NY; Cincinnati's Memorial Hall; St. Philip Cathedral in Atlanta; Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina and many others.

This program is free and open to the public. No reservations are required. For more information please phone MRL, 765.966.8291.

Richmond Local Elected President of Indiana Bar Foundation Board

Posted September 17, 2018

Amy Noe Dudas, Richmond, Elected President

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Bar Foundation (Foundation) announced its newly elected board of directors. Amy K. Noe Dudas, Dudas Law, Richmond, Ind., assumed presidency on July 1, 2018. Dudas will serve as president through June 2020.

Supplied Photo: Amy Noe DudasDudas has a general civil practice and is a registered civil and domestic relations mediator. She is dedicated to the legal profession and her community, serving on several boards including the Indiana State Bar Association, Wayne County Foundation and the Richmond Symphony Orchestra.

Scott L. Barnhart, Keffer Barnhart LLP, Indianapolis, became president-elect for a two-year term. Caryn M. Glawe, Faegre Baker Daniels LLP, Indianapolis, is now secretary/treasurer. Non-officer executive committee members are Carl A. Hayes, Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP, Indianapolis, and Hon. Thomas J. Felts, Allen County Circuit Court, Fort Wayne.

New members of the board include: Hon. Nancy L. Gettinger, La Porte County Superior Court, La Porte, Michael Potts, Brown County Junior High School, Nashville, and Derrick H. Wilson, Mattox & Wilson LLP, New Albany.

Potts is the third teacher to be elected to the board since 2016. He teaches We the People: the Citizen & the Constitution to eighth grade students, winning the state competition six years in a row and the program's national invitational in 2012 and 2013.

Re-appointed board members include: Robert Beasley (Muncie), Janet Chandler (Fishers), Hon. Melissa May (Indianapolis), Andrew Northern (Indianapolis), Alexander Orlowski (Indianapolis), and Scott Wylie (Evansville).

The Indiana Bar Foundation operates multiple education programs in civics, including its signature program We the People: the Citizen and the Constitution, and seeks to increase civil legal representation for Hoosiers who cannot afford a private attorney. Learn more at


Posted September 17, 2018

Supplied Flyer: Biketourberfest 2018

Support our local Cardinal Greenway trail system AND enjoy a beautiful fall bicycle ride during BikeTOURberfest 2018 on Saturday, September 29th. Choose between a 5, 22, 26 or 56 mile trip with great SAG stops. After your ride, enjoy Oktoberfest activities in the historic Depot District.

Singles Interaction, Inc. October 2018 NewsLetter

Posted September 17, 2018

Supplied Flyer: Singles Interaction Newsletter for October 2018

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

Come, socialize, dance, and enjoy yourself!

Wayne County Storytelling Event to Debut in September

Posted September 17, 2018

Supplied Flyer:  Warm and Woof

The people of Wayne County have stories to tell; a new event series wants to give them a stage and a microphone.

Warp & Woof, which debuts on September 27, asks everyday people from Wayne County to tell true stories about their lives for 5 to 8 minutes each. Each event will feature 8 to 10 speakers telling stories inspired by a loose theme. "Making it" is the theme for the first event – set for 7 p.m. on Thursday, September 27, at 923 North E Street – the space shared by Maria Mitrione's and New Boswell's in Richmond's Depot District. The event is free and open to the public; food and drinks cost extra.

Warp & Woof's organizers are a professor and two students associated with the writing program at the Earlham School of Religion, which provided seed money for the event. They plan to host four events per year – fall, winter, spring, and summer.

"These storytelling events are everywhere," said Ben Brazil, director of ESR's Ministry of Writing Program. "Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Muncie – you name it. And people love them, because people love a good story. Wayne County is not as urban as those other places, but I'm betting our stories are just as good."

As a form, storytelling has gained traction nationwide – via podcasts, festivals, and regular events in hundreds of cities. Brazil, who leads writing courses at the Quaker seminary, said that he believes such events are a kind of community ministry.

"The name Warp & Woof sounds a little weird, but it comes from our vision," Brazil said. "'Warp' means the threads that run lengthwise. "Woof" means the threads that run across them. Together, they make up a complete fabric.

"We think of stories as threads in just the same way. Together they weave together the fabric of our community. We want to help that weaving happen – and if that happens to require a really fun event with drinks and food, we can live with that, too."

Although the line-up for the first show is set, anyone who lives in Wayne County is invited to propose a story "regardless of their politics, skin color, religious beliefs – whatever," Brazil said. "This is for everyone."

To learn more, visit Warp & Woof on the web at

Tickets for Nico and Vinz Concert on September 22nd Available at Earlham College

Posted August 22, 2018

Supplied Ad: Nico and Vinz

As a part of Homecoming Weekend, Nico & Vinz hit the stage. Hailing from Oslo, Norway, the singing/songwriting duo, made up of Nico Sereba and Vincent Dery, will tap into the heart of global culture by writing and perform ing songs that joyfully speak of life, love and identity. Though it's hard to name their sound, consider it reminiscent of The Police and Paul Simon's Graceland.

General admission tickets are $15/person. The concert will take place at Goddard Auditorium, Carpenter Hall, Earlham College, 801 National Road West, Richmond at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 22, 2018. For more information, call 765.983.1373.

Mark Your Calendar for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne County Grand Opening Celebration

Posted September 17, 2018

Supplied Image: Ronald L. McDaniel Foundation Boys & Girls Club, 1900 West Main Street, Richmond, IN

On Friday, October 5th from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., the Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne County will be hosting a spectacular grand opening event unveiling the newly-remodeled Ronald L. McDaniel Foundation Boys & Girls Club, 1900 West Main Street, Richmond, IN!

Parents and youth in the community are welcome to come take a tour of the building and watch the ribbon cutting by the Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce at 4:30pm.

Light refreshments will be served.

Senior Adult Ministry September Meeting

Posted September 17, 2018

The blended voices of the singing group, "Four Guys Having Fun," will offer a variety of music at the next meeting of the Senior Adult Ministry held at 6 pm on Tuesday, September 25, at First United Methodist Church, 318 National Road West, Richmond, IN.

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

New members are always welcome. Senior Adult Ministry is an active group of seniors open to all regardless of religious affiliation. The group meets monthly and future meetings in 2018 will include a Thanksgiving pitch-in, and a program on drugs in our community.

The group is guided by Pastor Judi Marshall, Clara Bulmer and Beverly Kirby. These three women actively share their gifts of ministry, hospitality and creativity in planning and organizing the meetings. For further information, call 765.962.4357.

7th Annual Quality of Place Conference Takes Place on September 27th

Posted September 13, 2018

Supplied Flyer: Quality of Place

Richmond Columbian Properties
204 North Tenth. Richmond, IN
Seventh Annual Quality of Place Conference
Preserving Neighborhoods in Poverty

Featuring Dr. Michael Tomlin from Cornell University
September 27, 2018     8:30am-1:30pm     $35, available online
For more information and registration

Absocold Adds Industry Veteran to Staff, Relocates to New Offices in Richmond, In

Posted September 11, 2018

Logo: AbsocoldAbscocold, a manufacturer of a premium line of refrigerators and microwaves for the hospitality industry, government services, student housing, and assisted living facilities, announced today that Jim Karczewski has joined the organization as Director, Hospitality Sales. Mr. Karczewski began his career as a Purchasing Director for Mill Distributors before moving to the hospitality industry in sales with Serta International Bedding. In 2012, Jim joined Hospitality Furnishings and Design as the Purchasing Director where he helped grow the company's revenue to over $100 million. "Jim brings a unique insight to this role as he has served in both a purchasing and sales capacity," said Jeff Ross, President of Indoff Appliance Group, the parent company for the Absocold brand. "His vast industry knowledge will allow Absocold to better anticipate our customers' upcoming needs and how we approach growing our share of the FF&E (Fixtures Furniture and Equipment) market." Mr. Karczewski, a native of Wisconsin, will be based out of Cleveland, Ohio.

Additionally, Absocold announced it has relocated its offices and client showroom to 425 Commerce Road in Richmond, IN. Incorporated in 1969, Richmond has been the home for Absocold since 1978 when it moved to the area from Iona, Michigan. "We have a long and proud history in this part of Indiana," said Jim Malkus, CEO and President of Indoff. "We are fortunate to have a group of outstanding employees from the region who are invested in this community and to growing our company by providing quality products and great customer service. We look forward to remaining a part of the local business scene for many years to come."

For additional information on this release or the Abscocold brand, please visit the website at or call Craig Pennington, Director of Marketing, at 314-997-1122, extension 1125.

Boys & Girls Clubs' Annual Smart Futures Dinner 2018

Posted September 10, 2018

On Thursday, October 4, 2018 the Boys & Girls Club of Wayne County will be hosting their annual Smart Futures Dinner, an event that celebrates exceptional people who have incredible stories to tell that have inspired many others to strive for smart futures. This year's keynote speaker will be basketball sportscaster and radio host, Dan Dakich, with Wright State women's basketball assistant, Kim Demmings, as the honoree.

Supllied Photo: Dan DakichDan Dakich played basketball for Indiana under coach Bob Knight from 1981 to 1985, becoming team captain during his junior and senior seasons, and helping the Hoosiers win a Big Ten title during their 1982-83 season. Dakich is known for his defensive efforts against Michael Jordan in the 1984 East Regional Semifinal of the NCAA Tournament, holding Jordan to 13 points in Indiana's 72-68 victory.

After ten years as head basketball coach at Bowling Green State University (1997-2007), Dakich served as a college basketball studio analyst for the Big Ten Network for the 2009-2010 season, and later joined ESPN as a college basketball color commentator and studio analyst. Dakich is currently the host of "The Dan Dakich Show" on Indianapolis radio station WFNI.

Supplied Photo: Kim DemmingsAs a Richmond High School senior, Kim Demmings was a finalist for the Palladium-Item's Myyon Barnes Athlete of the Year Award and earned second team all-state honors.

By the time Demmings graduated from Wright State University in 2016, she had achieved the position of the all-time leading scorer in Wright State University's basketball history (men's and women's), with a total ranking of 34th in NCAA Division I History and is currently an assistant coach on the Wright State staff.

In addition to the dinner and presentations, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne County will host a wine pull and an auction including some spectacular items and services generously donated from around the community.

Social Hour will begin at 6:00pm and a decadent meal provided by Olde Richmond Inn will be served at 7:00pm.

All proceeds from this event will go toward the Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne County to further our mission to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible, and caring citizens.

If you are interested in purchasing tickets, visit or call Jennifer at (765) 962-6922. Please RSVP by September 21.

Going Greener: Reid Café Implements Additional Environmentally Friendly Program

Posted September 10, 2018

Supplied Photo: These new containers in the Cafe at Twelve Hundred include some made of a combination of potato or cornstarch polymers and other environmentally friendly materials.These new containers in the Cafe at Twelve Hundred include some made of a combination of potato or cornstarch polymers and other environmentally friendly materials.

The café recently replaced plastic and polystyrene foam products with more sustainable and "compostable" goods. The effort will eliminate the use of more than a million foam cups, half a million foam bowls and plates and almost 150,000 take-out containers used annually in the café. "The new wares utilize less energy and water during manufacturing than the alternatives, and do not release toxic residues into the soil during composition," says Kris Ankeny, director of Food & Nutrition Services at Reid Health.

"Compostables" is a term that is regulated by the American Society of Testing and Materials and is defined as a manufactured item that can degrade within 90 days into organic and inorganic materials without releasing toxic residues during the process, Ankeny says.

The new products being used in the café include cups that look to be plastic, but are made of a combination of potato or cornstarch polymers, wheat straw, sugarcane, recycled paper and other plant-based resins. "These products, which are virtually nontoxic upon decomposition, offer a significantly reduced degradation timeframe than their traditional counterparts and thus impose a negligible burden on local landfills."

Ankeny noted the following about some of the traditional materials and their decomposition rates:

  • Aluminum cans – 175 years
  • Hard plastic bottle caps – more than 400 years
  • Polystyrene foam – more than 500 years

The compostable products are starkly better:

  • Clear cups and silverware made from plant resins – two to four months in commercial facilities or one to two years at home
  • Wheat straw take-out containers and plates – two to three months in commercial facilities, up to six months at home
  • Paper hot cups and bowls – two to three months in commercial facilities, from three to 12 months at home

"The sustainable changes made by Reid Health seek to preserve the integrity of tomorrow now by eliminating waste that could ultimately disrupt the lives of the Reid community," Ankeny says.

The latest change is the newest of several recycling and sustainability efforts implemented by the Food & Nutrition Services department. The department participates in a Food Rescue program that reduces waste and contributes to a reduction in community food insecurity; collects plastic bottle caps in a partnership with Cope Environmental Center that recycles the plastic into other uses; and will soon offer a re-usable lidded cup and straw, which will continue to reduce single-use items.

Wernle's Catalyst4Change Honoring Tamika Catchings

Posted September 6, 2018

Wernle Youth and Family Treatment Center, Richmond, IN to host over 400 on September 20, 2018.

Wernle's most prestigious event - Catalyst4Change will be held on Thursday, September 20th on its campus in the Lingle Wellness Center. Dinner, auction and awards will begin at 7:00 pm at Wernle's campus (2000 Wernle Road).

This year Tamika Catchings will be the National Honoree – Wernle's first woman honoree since the event began in 2003. Ms. Catchings is a 4-time Olympic Gold Medalist, played 15 seasons with the Indiana Fever, a New York Times Bestselling Author, philanthropist and businesswoman.

"We are excited to host the community and showcase this slate of honorees. Men and Women that have provided outstanding service and have made a significant difference in the lives of youth. We appreciate the support of so many generous sponsors, donors and friends." said CEO and President, Darrell Gordon. Proceeds will benefit residents and programs at Wernle Youth and Family Treatment Center.

The Catalyst4Change will also honor Dan Stamper with Thor Construction Company and Carroll Electric, Inc., Lowe's of Richmond, Zachary Mays, Wernle's alumni of the year and Dejuan Darden, Wernle's employee of the year.

The Catalyst4Change event's premier sponsor is Health Care Logistics. Other sponsors include BT Alliance, Michael Browning, an Anonymous sponsor, First Bank Richmond, Meridian Health Services, McNamee Law Offices, LLC, Primex Plastics, Inc., G103, Friends Office, ProSource, West End Bank, Wetzel Auto, and Jeff D. Slyman Attorney.

The Catalyst4Change event will take place on Thursday, September 20th with dinner, auction and awards beginning at 7:00 pm. To purchase a table, tickets or make a donation if you can't attend email For more information contact Melanie Frazier, Director of Philanthropy at or by phone at 765-993-0041.

Wernle Youth & Family Treatment Center
Wernle Youth and Family Treatment Center was founded in 1879 as an orphanage for Lutheran children, but now serves as a home for children who are emotionally and behaviorally disturbed. Wernle's mission: Wernle is a family focused, child centered agency providing opportunities for the growth and development of troubled children and their families – individually, interpersonally, and socially - through caring programs and healing relationships which is reflective of God's love revealed in Jesus Christ.

Meditation Hike - Held Thursdays through the End of September

Posted August 29, 2018

Supplied Flyer: Meditation Hike

Join the Meditation Hike before the nights get long! Through the month of September, we will continue to have this opportunity to unwind in the peaceful surroundings that Hayes Arboretum offers. Open to ages 15 and above.

Where: Hayes Arboretum - Eastside Trailhead (on the corner of Hayes Arboretum Road and Woodside Drive, across from the Fire Station.)
When: 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday evenings through the end of September
Cost: FREE!

Conscious Living Workshop Series Begins October 1st

Posted August 29, 2018

Supplied Flyer: Conscious Living Workshop

Conscious Living Workshop Series with Heartfulness Meditation. This is a 5-week series of inner exploration to bring balance to life. Held each Monday evening in October from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Dwyer Community Center.

Singles Interaction Newsletter for September 2018

Posted August 22, 2018

Supplied Flyer: Singles Interaction Newsletter - September 2018

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

Come, socialize, dance, and enjoy yourself!

Google to Present at September Business Education Lunch

Posted August 21, 2018

Supplied Graphic: Google Trainer Luncheon

Chamber's newest partnership brings Google to Richmond

The Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce a Google trainer will be making the trip to Richmond to meet with local business leaders.

Google's Erin Bemis, Google Trainer, will be joining the Chamber for a special workshop on September 24th to train businesses on how to best utilize their free services to promote and grow their organizations.

"Through the EDC's talent recruitment committee, we learned that often people are looking for area amenities, services and entertainment but aren't easily finding them," said Chamber President/CEO, Melissa Vance. "When we were approached with the opportunity for the Chamber to become an official Google Partner, it was an easy decision."

Google will be presenting the following two workshops on September 24 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Stidham Auditorium on the Ivy Tech Richmond campus.

Reach Customers Online with Google: Learn how customers find your business online and how to promote your online presence using search engine optimization (SEO) and online advertising. We'll also introduce tools that will help you run your business online, including Google Analytics and Trends.

Succeeding in a Micro Moments World: Connect with customers on mobile and make sure your business is there from the moment they find you online to the moment where they click, call, or buy.

The upcoming event will launch a no-cost, ongoing series to be taught by the Chamber staff. A schedule will be announced at the kick-off event. Preferred registration opens to Chamber members immediately with public registration opening September 4th. The cost is free to attend, but registrations are limited to two tickets per business. Guests are encouraged to bring laptops for a true workshop-style interaction.

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

Best Friend Book Club Workshops at MRL

Posted August 15, 2018

Supplied Flyer: Best Friends Books Workshops

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

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

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

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LifeStream's Grant County Golf Outing Set for Sept. 26

Posted August 15, 2018

Event to raise funds to help seniors and people with disabilities remain independent in East Central Indiana

LifeStream Services invites the public to attend the Inaugural LifeStream Golf Outing on Wednesday, September 26 at the Meshingomesia Golf Club in Marion. Join LifeStream for a day of golfing and making a difference in the lives of older adults in the community. The LifeStream Golf Outing will include a variety of activities including Beat the Pro, Putting Contest, a $10,000 Hole-In-One, and other chances to win cash prizes.

The event will begin with registration at 11am, followed by lunch at noon, and shot gun start at 1pm. Registration as an individual or a team is open through Monday, September 24. The golfing fee is $75 for an individual or $280 for a foursome. Those interested may register online by visiting or contact Hannah Downham, Public Relations Officer, by calling 765-759-3363 or email

The event proceeds go directly to fulfilling LifeStream's mission of improving the quality of life for people at risk of losing their independence. LifeStream does this through providing a number of programs and services including transportation, in-home care management, home-delivered meals, and much more for over 24,000 seniors and people with disabilities in twelve counties throughout East Central Indiana.

Sponsorship is available through September 24. For more information on how to sponsor please visit or contact LifeStream by calling 765-759-3363 or email

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

Beginners Guide to Grant Writing

Posted July 25, 2018

Flyer: Beginners Guide to Grant Writing

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Please register by Friday, September 21, 2018.

IU East Welcomes Largest Incoming Class

Posted September 5, 2018

Supplied Photo: Students walk across the IU East campus. IU East welcomed its largest incoming class this fall.Students walk across the IU East campus. IU East welcomed its largest incoming class this fall.

The number of students enrolled at Indiana University East is again on the increase this fall. The campus welcomed its largest incoming class, and one of its most diverse, when classes started August 20.

The campus has a fall headcount enrollment of 3,722 students (an increase of 6.6 percent) taking 38,348 credit hours (an increase of 5.6 percent). Of the students enrolled, 3,196 are degree-seeking (an increase of 2.3 percent), with the remaining 526 seeking certificates or enrolled in individual courses.

IU East Chancellor Kathy Cruz-Uribe said the campus is seeing an increase in several of its demographics this fall.

"We are pleased to welcome so many new students to campus this fall," Cruz-Uribe said. "The number of incoming freshman and new students to campus signifies IU East's ability to provide an affordable, world-class education to our students, whether in the traditional brick and mortar classroom or virtual classroom online."

The diversity of students on the IU East campus continues to increase. The campus set a record enrollment for the number of degree-seeking domestic minorities at 413 students. This reflects the campus' largest number of African-American students at 224. The campus also continues to see high numbers of Hispanic/Latino students who represent 3.7 percent of the overall enrollment.

The number of new students this year - combining members of the incoming freshman class and the number of transfer students - is 901 students of the 3,722 enrolled at IU East. This is IU East's largest degree-seeking freshman class at 455.

Another increasing demographic for IU East is the number of students enrolled in graduate programs. There are 168 students enrolled in graduate certificate and master's degree programs, an increase of 8 percent. The number of master's degree-seeking students increased by 21 percent (105 enrolled) this fall. IU East offers six graduate programs in education, English, management, nursing, social work and teaching mathematics.

Online degree completion programs also continue to grow at IU East. Of the students enrolled, 40.6 percent (1,512) take at least one course online. In addition to individual online courses, the campus also offers 14 bachelor's degree online completion program options, as well as Graduate Certificates in Composition Studies, Early Childhood Education and Mathematics.

Enrollment by county for Indiana shows the highest number of IU East students are from Wayne County, followed by Randolph, Henry, Dearborn, Fayette, Franklin, Rush and Union counties. IU East also enrolls a number of students from Ohio as part of a tuition reciprocity agreement, including students primarily from Preble, Darke, Butler, Shelby and Mercer counties.

The number of international students enrolled at IU East is the highest it has been, with the top three countries of residence being China, Mexico and South Korea.

Official enrollment numbers were released by Indiana University on September 4.

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