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Wayne County Lit the Spark Igniting Bold Campaign for Women's Vote

Posted August 24, 2020

The 69-year campaign to win Indiana women the right to vote launched in tiny Dublin in October 1851 with the first Women's Rights Convention. The 100th anniversary of the Constitutional Amendment making that right possible will be celebrated Wednesday, Aug. 26 throughout the country.

That bold meeting in Western Wayne County is widely recognized as the spark that lit the women's suffrage fire throughout Indiana and it will be featured in a virtual celebration now under production by a local organization.

The Wayne County Women's Suffrage Centennial Task Force's two-part virtual series -- to premier Oct. 27 at 7 p.m. -- will present the important role local women and men played in winning ratification of the 19th Amendment in Indiana and across the nation.

Part 1, "The Women's Suffrage Movement in Wayne County, IN – Lighting the Spark" will showcase the early leaders of the women's rights movement through the 19th Century. Part 2, "Raising a Ruckus" will follow the brave tactics of 20th Century strategists through ratification in 1920. Part 2 will premier Nov. 10 at 7 p.m.

The task force, led by Sue King of Morrisson-Reeves Library, Mary Walker and Nancy Sartain of the Wayne County Convention and Tourism Bureau, Joanna Hahn of the Levi and Catharine Coffin Historic Site, Karen Shank-Chapman of the Wayne County Historical Museum, and Mary Anne Butters, county commissioner, welcome personal stories from descendants of suffragists. Please submit them to: or

Reservations for the free Oct. 27 premier may be made online at:

Richmond Parks and Recreation Event Cancellations

Posted October 26, 2020

Due to the rise of COVID-19 cases in Wayne County, the subsequent change to the orange stage, and the limit to event gatherings, The Richmond Parks & Recreation Department's Trick or Treat in the Park and The City of Richmond's Veterans Parade will be cancelled this year.

Although it is unfortunate to make this announcement, these events are estimated to bring in crowds significantly higher than the 75 person limit will allow. It is in the best interest of everyone involved that the local guidelines are followed by The Wayne County Health Department and The City of Richmond.

The Trick or Treat in the Park event was originally slated for Saturday, October 31st in Glen Miller Park planned in conjunction with several non profits. The concept behind the event was to provide a safer alternative than the traditional door to door format, while allowing various organizations within the community to participate. Early estimates projected for well over 1,000 people to be dispersed throughout the park that evening and while the decision is a hard one to make, it is the most responsible decision at this time. Please note the City has announced there will still be a traditional door to door time of 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. on October 31st for those who want to participate and encourage anyone participating to review the specific CDC guidelines for Trick-Or-Treating door to door this year.

In similar fashion, the Veterans Parade was in preparation for Saturday, November 7th on East Main Street. "Honoring our veterans is an important part of why we assist in this parade each year. We felt it was a collective decision to make so we discussed this in the last meeting and polled the Veterans Parade Committee for their thoughts on cancelation. The majority of the committee has decided that it would be best to skip this year due to the restrictions. We will all miss this event this year!"
Denise Retz, Park Superintendent

The traditional size of the crowd, and an inability to enforce proper safety guidelines proves too high a risk; it is in the best interest of all to hold off on the parade until next year. "Considering a large portion of the parade units will not be able to attend the parade this year as well as many of the Veterans on the committee are in high risk categories, protecting them is the most important decision we can make."
Keith Clemens, Community Recreation Coordinator

New HR & Talent Attraction Assistance Available to Indiana Small Businesses

Posted October 26, 2020

INDIANAPOLIS (Oct. 26, 2020) – Today, the Indiana Small Business Development Center (Indiana SBDC) announced new resources to provide employment support to Indiana small businesses and entrepreneurs. Through these initiatives, eligible companies may apply for no-cost assistance to help enhance their workplace policies or recruit and hire employees essential to the business' long-term growth and sustainability.

"With more than 521,000 companies employing 1.2 million Hoosiers, small businesses play a critical role in supporting Indiana's long-term economic growth," said Indiana Secretary of Commerce Jim Schellinger. "As a state, we're committed to expanding access to critical economic and workforce resources during these challenging times, while continuing to provide the support small businesses and entrepreneurs need to grow and succeed for years to come."

Human Resources Support

Through a new partnership with ServantHR, a Fishers-based human resources consulting firm, the Indiana SBDC assists small businesses in creating or updating workplace policies amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The COVID-19 Human Resource Assistance Program pairs eligible companies with trained human resources consultants to update their employee handbooks in order to accommodate remote working arrangements, administration of leave policies, sanitation procedures, and compliance with federal, state and local standards and regulations.

To be eligible, small businesses must meet the following criteria:

  • Be or become an Indiana SBDC client,
  • Have been in business as of February 15, 2020, and
  • Be able to demonstrate a negative impact from COVID-19.
  • Indiana companies are encouraged to submit applications online.

Recruiting & Hiring

Additionally, the Indiana SBDC recently launched an employment support program, HireUp, to help small businesses recruit, hire and onboard employees essential to the business' operations. Eligible companies partner with Quintegra, an Indianapolis-based talent connection firm, to identify qualified candidates, provide screening and background checks, facilitate interviews and establish an onboarding process to ensure continued success of the employee. Example positions include, but are not limited to, programmers, general managers, accountants, export development managers and licensed therapists.

To be eligible, small businesses must meet the following criteria:

  • Be or become an Indiana SBDC client,
  • Have the intent to hire within 30-60 days after entering the program,
  • Hire a full time, W-2 employee, and
  • Must not have previously participated in the program.

The Indiana SBDC, which is a program of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC), provides small businesses and entrepreneurs with expert guidance and resources on how to start and grow a business, including strategy development, business planning and valuation, export assistance and market research. For more information on resources and programs for small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, visit To become a client of the Indiana SBDC, contact the regional office nearest you.

About Indiana SBDC

The Indiana Small Business Development Center (Indiana SBDC) is a program of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation, which leads the state of Indiana's economic development efforts. The Indiana SBDC helps entrepreneurs launch, grow and locate businesses in the state, providing entrepreneurs with expert guidance and resources on how to start and grow a business. With a network of 10 regional offices through the state, the Indiana SBDC creates a positive and measurable impact on the formation, growth and sustainability of Indiana's small businesses.

The Indiana SBDC is funded, in part, through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. All opinions, conclusions, and/or recommendations expressed herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA. For more information about the Indiana SBDC, visit

LifeStream to Host a Drive-Thru Event for Caregivers in November

Posted October 26, 2020

LifeStream Services invites caregivers to the Caregiver Drive-Thru Appreciation in celebration of National Caregiver Month in November. Caregivers can stop by to receive a loaf of pumpkin bread, hot cider, and resources to help in the caregiving process.

The drive-thru event will be on November 10 from 11am to noon at The Leland Legacy located at 900 S. A St. Richmond, IN 47374. There is no fee to attend this event and everything is complimentary in appreciation of caregivers. Social distancing safety measures will be in place.

LifeStream Services recognizes the importance of family caregivers and the sacrifices they make to keep their loved one safe and healthy. For more information regarding caregiver resources provided by LifeStream Services or Caregiver Curbside, please contact Angie Jenkins, Outreach Coordinator, at 765-759-1121 or More information at

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 19,000 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

LifeStream Services Offering New Caregiver Program

Posted October 26, 2020

Support for grandparents raising grandchildren and other adults providing kinship care.

LifeStream Services is now offering a new caregiver program for grandparents raising grandchildren and other adults providing kinship care. Parenting a Second Time Around (PASTA) is an educational and support group developed by the Cornell University Cooperative Extension.

PASTA will empower those who have moved into the parenting role for a second time to feel more confident, comfortable and informed. The program includes a series of seven workshops that can be done as an ongoing class, or as a standalone session. The workshops cover critical topics such as rebuilding families, child development, living with teens, legal issues, and more. Workshops can be done in-person or a virtual format.

There is no cost to schedule sessions for grandparents or other seniors providing kinship care. Organizations, community groups or companies interested in bringing the PASTA program to their community should contact Angie Jenkins, Outreach Coordinator, at 765-759-1121 or email Learn more about LifeStream's caregiver resources and events at

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 19,000 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 raises over $2,500 with "People of the Pack" campaign to support the student emergency fund

Posted October 26, 2020

Indiana University East surpassed its fundraising goal for the student emergency fund through the "People of the Pack: Get on Board the Cutout Campaign."

The campaign, held September 14-30, invited alumni, faculty, staff, students, parents of student-athletes, and community members to participate with a display of campus spirit by donating $50. Recognition of the gift included a cardboard cutout of participants - or of the person or pet of their choice - placed in a campus building.

Supplied Image (cropped): People of the Pack
IU East recently surpassed a fundraising goal with the "People of the Pack: Get on Board the Cutout Campaign." Benefits from the campaign go toward the IU East Marilyn Watkins Red Wolf Student Support Fund to provide emergency funding for students.

Paula Kay King, director of Gift Development, said the idea was to build campus morale for students while also raising funds for the student emergency fund, the IU East Marilyn Watkins Red Wolf Student Support Fund.

The Marilyn Watkins fund provides emergency support for students facing unforeseen financial hardships right now from food insecurity to unexpected medical expenses to limited access to technology.

"We are fortunate to have an emergency fund established to benefit students who may find they are suddenly in need of assistance," King said. "As a campus, we recognize that students and families are experiencing unexpected financial emergencies, loss of employment, or many other unexpected struggles during this unprecedented time. We are thankful for the many contributions provided by our Red Wolf family and friends of the university to help offer support for students when it is needed most."

More than 40 gifts from campus and community members helped to raise over $2,500 through the "People of the Pack" campaign.

Cutouts are on display in campus buildings now through November 20, ahead of Thanksgiving break. Once students leave campus for break, all courses will move to an all-online format as previously announced.

Jason Troutwine, vice chancellor for External Affairs, said the cutout campaign is a way to boost student and campus morale.

"While IU East is offering select courses on campus this fall, students are primarily taking courses online as part of the effort to make the campus as safe as possible during the ongoing pandemic. Additionally, many faculty and staff continue to work remotely," Troutwine said. "This has given the campus a very different atmosphere this fall. The cutouts are a way for us to be present and to offer encouragement or a friendly face for students as they are on campus."

Contributions to the IU East Marilyn Watkins Red Wolf Student Support Fund can be made online at by following these steps: Click on 'Give Now'. Click on 'Make a Gift'. Type 'Marilyn Watkins' in the search all funds area. Questions? Please contact Paula Kay King, director of Gift Development, at (765) 973-8331 or

Singles Interaction, Inc.

Posted October 26, 2020

Supplied Newsletter: Singles Interaction, Inc. November 2020

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!

Anonymous Gift to IU East's Pantry Will Provide for Students Experiencing Food Insecurity

Posted October 21, 2020

An anonymous $20,000 gift to The Pantry at Indiana University East will have a huge impact on food insecurity in the student body - especially during the ongoing pandemic. And, as a monetary donation, the funds make it possible for The Pantry to ensure it is able to offer what is needed for students.

"The donation, quite frankly, takes my breath away," says Deanna Cooper, wellness specialist for the Center for Health Promotion at IU East, who got the pantry started five years ago. "The anonymous donor recognized a need and understands the importance of helping our students be successful. We will be able to provide more items for more students. It could also make a difference in student retention, as food insecure students are often more likely to withdraw."

Cooper notes having a financial cushion will allow The Pantry to shop more frequently, stock up on essentials and more non-perishables.

Paula Kay King, director of gift development, said this gift provides a great deal of options for The Pantry. "Often when donors consider giving to The Pantry - they think of gifting items. Receiving a monetary gift such as this provides a great deal of flexibility and sustainability for The Pantry. It's an amazing act of kindness!"

Karen Clark, Ed D, RN, dean of the School of Nursing and Health Sciences, says The Pantry's importance can't be overstated.

"Food insecurity is an issue in many communities and ours is no exception," Clark said. "Students have expenses such as tuition, books, rent, car expenses, or family maintenance. Sometimes there is not enough money for food once the bills are paid." It's also a challenge for students who are juggling a full course load, coupled with part-time jobs or sports activities, she added.

Clark says she knows The Pantry has made the difference for some students between going hungry and having sufficient nutrition. "We also provide health and beauty type products such as toilet paper, laundry detergent, deodorant, shampoo, toothpaste and soap. Having access to the variety of items every month actually enables some students to feed their families and-or themselves."

Cooper notes the importance of being able to ensure students have proteins, such as meat, eggs, milk and cheese, along with some treats such as cookies and chips because such items "add a little fun and normalcy."

Food insecure students are more likely to suffer from depression, anxiety and loneliness. "A hungry student cannot focus on their school work when they are worried about where their next meal might come from or how they will feed their family when they get home," Cooper says, noting that surveys show 30 to 45% of college students are food insecure.

Dean of Students Amy Jarecki considers herself a campus champion for The Pantry, "making sure that faculty, staff and students know about this valuable resource." She directs referrals, including from students who come to her when they find themselves in financial crisis, such as an unexpected car repair. "The Pantry is a quick and easy way for the student to get help with food and toiletries without having to seek outside resources," she said. Jarecki cites the importance of taking care of students' basic needs and providing a holistic culture of care and concern.

Cole Lane is the student advocate at IU East. In his role, he assists students facing obstacles that may range from employment to financial or housing, and he often connects students with The Pantry.

"The Pantry is important because it is the university reaching out, offering a helping hand," Lane said. "A bag or two of food from The Pantry can make such an impact on a stressed out college student, who may not have known where their next meal is coming from."

Lane said from his experience, students he connects with The Pantry as a resource are often happy and relieved to have the option available.

"The fact that the place they go to school has food for them if they need it is a great thing," he said.

The Pantry operates solely on donations, with monetary gifts being ideal. Food and toiletry donations are also accepted.

According to Clark, the donors have a powerful impact. "They make a difference in the lives of students when they give. It truly is about paying it forward and helping the next generation of scholars."

The Pantry is located in Hayes Hall, Room 064. It is normally open on Tuesday mornings and Wednesday afternoons - and due to COVID-19, by appointment. Students can make an appointment by calling 765-973-8216.

Cooper reiterated the impact of the gift on the program and on her.

"It makes my job much easier. I'm just forever grateful. This has touched my life, and I'm so lucky to be an instrument to use this gift to impact many others," Cooper said.

Cash gifts can be made online at by following these steps: Click on 'Give Now'. Click on 'Make a Gift'. Type 'IU East Food Pantry' in the search all funds area. Questions? Please contact Paula Kay King, director of Gift Development, at (765) 973-8331 or

State Higher Ed Commission Partners with University of Indianapolis, INvestEd to Help Indiana Dual Credit Teachers Get Credentials

Posted October 21, 2020

Ensuring Indiana high school teachers are equipped and qualified to teach dual credit courses is the primary goal of a new partnership between the Indiana Commission for Higher Education, INvestEd and the Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning (CELL) at the University of Indianapolis, called Teach Dual Credit Indiana. Dual credit courses allow students to earn college credit and high school credit at the same time—preparing them for college and saving them time and money when they get there.

Beginning September 1, 2023, high school educators who teach dual credit courses are required to have a master's degree and at least 18 credit hours of instruction in the subject they teach. The credentialing rules were put into place by regional college accreditor Higher Learning Commission (HLC). Earlier this year, Indiana Commissioner for Higher Education Teresa Lubbers requested and received an additional one-year extension from HLC for Indiana teachers to meet these requirements.

INvestEd, a statewide nonprofit, is providing a $3 million grant for Hoosier teachers to receive the necessary credit hours, up to 18 in total. The grant could fully qualify between 200 and 700 teachers, depending on how many credits teachers take. There are currently more than 560 Indiana teachers who have master's degrees but lack the 18 hours.

CELL is encouraging postsecondary institutions to submit proposals to offer courses through Teach Dual Credit Indiana. Tuition for courses, along with books and materials, will be provided at no cost to dual credit teachers employed at Indiana public schools, including charter schools and accredited private schools. Courses will be offered in the winter, spring and summer 2021 and may be offered in an online, hybrid or in-person delivery method.

Teachers with a master's degree can learn more about how to access grant funds and postsecondary institutions can review and submit the Request for Proposal by visiting

"This partnership is making it possible for Indiana's dual credit teachers—at no cost to them—to earn the necessary graduate credit hours to be fully credentialed to teach dual credit courses to Hoosier students," Lubbers said. "Indiana has previously been recognized for instructor eligibility and quality by the HLC, but our dual credit teachers are required to meet these rules and having done so successfully will fortify Indiana's dual credit instruction."

INvestEd has provided free financial aid literacy outreach to Indiana families for 40 years.

"For years, INvestEd's financial aid literacy presentations have stressed the value of dual credit coursework to all Hoosiers in terms of future academic success and tuition savings," said Joe Wood, president and CEO of INvestEd. "These free, rigorous courses provide a head start toward graduating. That's why INvestEd was so eager to support this credentialing program for Indiana's essential dual credit educators."

Dual credit courses are also a proven method to address affordability and equity issues for students who are pursuing higher education.

"Students who earn dual credit perform significantly better in a number of important metrics, including college-going rates, freshman grade point average and credit hours completed. Students who have the opportunity to earn dual credit are more likely to graduate college on time and to graduate at all," Lubbers said. "This is also an important effort to close the state's educational achievement gaps, as these gains make an impact across race and ethnicity, as well as socioeconomic status."

Liberal arts, foreign language instruction available

The state and other partners have invested in ongoing credentialing efforts for teachers in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields previously, through the state's investment of more than $10 million in STEM dual credit teacher credentialing and CELL's STEM Teach initiative. As it did with STEM Teach, CELL will administer the Teach Dual Credit Indiana program for those teaching dual credit liberal arts courses.

"Ensuring student success in postsecondary endeavors, particularly when those are collegiate aspirations, has been central to our Early College and STEM Teach work. With the looming shortage of qualified teachers to deliver dual credit course work in Indiana's K-12 schools – Teach Dual Credit Indiana is desperately needed," said Carey Dahncke, executive director of the University of Indianapolis Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning (CELL). "Soon teachers across the state will have access to graduate education opportunities at a wide range of Hoosier universities, to ensure we have enough secondary teachers that meet the Higher Learning Commission's requirements for teaching dual credit courses in Indiana's high schools."

The Commission estimates dual credit completion saves Hoosier students $69 million in postsecondary tuition and fees annually. One-third of students who complete dual credit in Indiana are from low-income households.

"We look forward to continuing to serve teachers and schools so that they can provide ample dual credit opportunities to high school students. In the end, this results in making the transition to college easier and more affordable for students as they earn college credits while still enrolled in high school," said Trish Wlodarczyk, director of strategic initiatives, STEM Teach IV, CELL.

The Commission, CELL and INvestEd will promote the program and reach out to teachers and school administrators throughout the state to let teachers know to enroll. For more information, visit

LifeStream Needs Your Help To Deliver Hope During the Holidays

Posted October 21, 2020

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

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 $25 donation, a person will receive a gift set. 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.
  • Sign up to be a delivery elf: LifeStream expects to deliver 1,000 AngelWish gift sets between December 4 and December 24. Dependable volunteers are needed to help deliver gift sets to AngelWish recipients to ensure all gifts are delivered by December 24.
  • Become a sponsor: Benefits can include logo and name listed on print and online materials, mentioned in e-newsletters, and the opportunity to provide promotional material in the gift sets. Those interested in supporting the AngelWish program should contact Angie Jenkins, Outreach Coordinator, at 765-759- 1121 or You may also fill out the support form by visiting

For inquiries regarding the AngelWish program, please contact Laura Bray, Volunteer Services Administrator, by calling 765-759-3372 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

IU East Will Offer New Test-Optional Scholarships for Incoming Freshmen in 2021

Posted October 21, 2020

Supplied Photo:  IU East in Summer

Indiana University East is offering test-optional scholarships for incoming freshmen beginning the 2020-2021 academic year.

IU East no longer requires incoming freshmen to submit standardized test scores for admission. The change follows the Board of Trustees approval to adopt a test-optional admissions policy for each IU campus beginning with the 2021 terms.

High school students submitting their application for enrollment to IU East are able to choose whether they submit standardized test scores as part of their application to the university.

As part of the new policy, IU East will begin to also offer test-optional scholarships with the high school graduating Class of 2021.

Molly Vanderpool, executive director of Recruitment & Transitions and Admissions at IU East, said test scores are only one factor to consider during the application for enrollment. The university considers a variety of academic factors.

The new test-optional scholarships are additions to IU East's admission-based scholarships, which do not require a separate application and are automatically offered if an applicant meets the specified academic criteria, Vanderpool added.

"The addition of the test-optional scholarships will make a difference for many high school students who have decided to pursue a four-year degree," Vanderpool said. "We are excited to offer test-optional scholarships for students who qualify."

There are two categories for test-optional scholarships incoming students may qualify for when they enroll at IU East.

The IU East Academic Excellence Scholarship will award $6,000 to qualifying students, at $1,500 annually over four years. Incoming freshmen students admitted by February 15, 2021, who have a cumulative high school GPA of 3.5 to 4.0, may be eligible for this scholarship.

Students who qualify for the IU East Success Scholarship will receive $4,000, at $1,000 annually over four years. Students admitted by February 15, 2021, who have a cumulative high school GPA of 3.25 to 3.49, may be eligible for this scholarship.

Students who receive either test optional scholarship must attend full time and maintain at least a 2.75 IU cumulative GPA. Taking the SAT and/or ACT is not necessary to receive either scholarship.

Research shows that a student's high school GPA and standardized test scores are the best predictors of academic success in college.

For some students, however, a standardized test score may not show all that a student is capable of and tell the full story of his or her potential.

Additionally, junior and senior high school students may not have been unable to take standardized tests due to COVID-19.

The test-optional policy allows students to continue their plans for a degree in higher education by allowing application for enrollment.

For more information on enrollment, visit the IU East Office of Admissions at

Reid Health gains national 'Most Wired' recognition

Posted October 21, 2020

The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) announced this week Reid Health and Reid Health Physician Associates have again earned "2020 CHIME HealthCare's Most Wired" Special Recognition awards.

The Most Wired program conducts an annual survey to assess how effectively healthcare organizations apply core and advanced technologies into their clinical and business programs to improve health and care in their communities. "Digital technology has been a driver of innovation in healthcare for many years now, but never to the degree that we saw in 2020 with the pandemic," said CHIME President and CEO Russell P. Branzell. "The Digital Health Most Wired program underscores why healthcare organizations keep pushing themselves to be digital leaders and shows what amazing feats they can achieve. This certification recognizes their exemplary performance in 2020."

Craig Kinyon, Reid Health President/CEO, said the 2020 recognition -- and similar awards in previous years - recognize Reid Health's long-term dedication to optimum use of information technology to improve patient safety and patient outcomes. "As a health system, we have always understood the importance of technology in providing excellent care, and we remain dedicated to being a leader in this area." He noted the recognition acknowledges "the dedication of the Information Services team, physicians, providers and clinical leadership to continually manage system updates, interfaces and system integration strategies to add and increase functionality in all our systems. These advancements have a positive and direct impact on the quality of care our patients receive."

A total of 30,091 organizations were represented in the 2020 Most Wired program, which this year included four separate surveys: domestic, ambulatory, long-term care and international. The surveys assessed the adoption, integration and impact of technologies in healthcare organizations at all stages of development, from early development to industry leading.

Each participating organization received a customized benchmarking report, an overall score and scores for individual levels in eight segments: infrastructure; security; business/disaster recovery; administrative/supply chain; analytics/data management; interoperability/population health; patient engagement; and clinical quality/safety. Participants can use the report and scores to identify strengths and opportunities for improvement. Participants also received certification based on their overall performance, with level 10 being the highest.

This is the third year that CHIME has conducted the survey and overseen the program. In each successive year, CHIME has expanded the survey to capture more types of organizations that serve patients across the continuum of care. CHIME also continues to promote the program internationally to provide a global overview of digital health advancements.

As in past years, CHIME will publish an industry trends report based on Digital Health Most Wired responses from U.S. participants. The 2020 National Trends Report is scheduled to be released in November during CHIME20 Digital.

For more information about the CHIME Digital Health Most Wired program, please go here.

BOSS Selected Nation's Best in UEDA Competition

Posted October 21, 2020

BOSS is truly the boss.

That's lingo for being the best, something that's fitting for the entrepreneurship curriculum that was founded by IU East's Tim Scales in 2007. Scales is the director of the Center for Entrepreneurship and the Center for Economic Education, and senior lecturer at IU East.

It was selected the winner in the Talent Category of the 2020 University Economic Development Association (UEDA) Awards of Excellence.

"I am so thrilled," Scales admits. "It's been a great, fun and productive 13 years."

BOSS is an acronym for Business Opportunities for Self Starters. The 54-hour program was designed to introduce local high school students to economics and entrepreneurship and teach them how to produce a business plan. It is guided by teachers who have undergone three days of curriculum training.

Scales believes the first-place honor will help IU East.

"When this happens, it exposes us across the U.S. It adds credibility and builds more awareness … so the program can expand," Scales said.

He originally was awarded BOSS funding from the state for just two years and added a third because he had money left over. "After that, we built interest and community support," he said.

By steadily gaining new audiences and new funding, BOSS has reached beyond the original nine counties it started in and become known around the world in places such as India, South Africa and Mexico. Scales promises there will be "no slowing down; we will continue to grow the program."

BOSS' mainstays have included flexibility, adaptability and a personal touch. Schools that use the curriculum can adapt the program to best fit their needs.

The program also was a finalist for an award from the University Economic Development Association in 2017 and 2019. Two other IU East programs from the Center for Entrepreneurship were first-time finalists in 2020: Cash Equals Opportunities (CEOs) in the Talent Category and In Your Business Television in the Talent & Place Category.

The total of three was the highest in the nationwide competition that includes regional schools as well as major universities that feature enrollments in excess of 30,000 students. The University of Kentucky took a pair of first-place honors, while Jackson State, Seton Hall and California State-Northridge also had one apiece. Read more about the awards on the UEDA website.

Last year, BOSS showed scalability (success elsewhere), something the UEDA judges noted they wanted to see after the 2017 awards. This year, a new online program showed adaptability during the pandemic.

Scales helped IUPUI pilot a 2019 summer camp for George Washington High School in northwest Indianapolis after a request from Teresa Bennett, who is assistant vice chancellor for Community Engagement at IUPUI and interim executive director of SOURCE River West Entrepreneurship Center.

Bennett had learned about BOSS at an UEDA conference. She asked Scales if he would share the curriculum and/or advise the IUPUI team from Kelley Business School on how to plan for the camp. "Tim went further than I even hoped by offering to share his secret sauce and curriculum. He even offered to instruct the five-day pilot camp for us," Bennett said in an email.

Scales worked for weeks with the IUPUI team, teachers and administrators at the high school and modified the program so it could fit into one week. He secured funding and prepared hands-on projects, Bennett said, and then drove from Richmond to attend every day of the camp.

"Tim asked nothing in return," Bennett said. "(He) became known to the students as Uncle Tim and by the last day it was clear that he had succeeded in giving every George Washington High School BOSS student an amazing and meaningful experience. They were all sad to say goodbye to him and each other."

Scales revels in that kind of connection. In fact, he says BOSS has been introduced to "4,200 kids and I have interacted with every single one of them."

He was shadowed by Peggy Daniels Lee to better understand how BOSS works. "Tim spent a day walking the IUPUI-Kelley BOSS team through the BOSS curriculum and helped us to prepare to host the camp ourselves," said Lee, who is an associate emeritus professor at Kelley. "Tim is a very generous colleague."

Bennett and Lee have secured grants to expand the camp to all four IPS high schools beginning in 2021. "We can't express enough our gratitude to 'Uncle Tim' for his willingness to make BOSS available to IUPUI and Indy high schools. The impact will be lasting," Lee said.

Scales led a presentation to the UEDA two weeks ago that described how the BOSS program has changed. "COVID-19 made me realize we might not be in class for a year or two," he said. "So the modules are something we could modify quickly and put on online. I may not meet the students in person, but I'll get to see them through Zoom."

UEDA Executive Director Tim Hindes alluded to the need for adaptability in announcing this year's honors.

"Never before has economic engagement of higher education institutions been more critical to our economic redesign," Hindes said in a release. "UEDA's model of highlighting best practices in economic engagement continues to locate, highlight, and recognize those initiatives that best exemplify sustainable models that are making remarkable, positive impacts on regional economic ecosystems across North America."

Ironically, Scales was unable to watch the online announcement of winners. "I was actually teaching a Freshman Seminar," he said.

IU East student Cole Fosbrink stepped in to give the acceptance speech.

"It was great to see him win with the BOSS program because he has earned it over the years," Fosbrink said. "So, winning it this time was a great thing. It is also a great achievement for IU East."

Fosbrink and fellow students Johnny Fike and Joao Vitor de Lima lead the CEOs program that is designed to teach financial literacy to high school students around the area.

Fosbrink is from Seymour, Fike from Bradford, Ohio, and de Lima from Curitiba, Brazil.

"It was a fantastic experience, and we hope to do it again (be a finalist) next year in Georgia," Fosbrink said, noting that COVID-19 is likely to affect the high-school presentations throughout the current school year. "We are grateful for the opportunity, and we are eager to keep working and be successful next year as well."

Scales has recorded more than 400 episodes in 16 years as host of In Your Business.

Each 30-minute program features an interview with a local business leader who offers a peek into their companies and how they have succeeded. The shows are recorded and aired through Whitewater Community Television (WCTV).

Provocative Pro-science Billboards Installed Before Election

Posted October 14, 2020

Richmond IN (October 8, 2020) -- The designers known as Class Action Collective have again installed a thought-provoking billboard in Richmond, Indiana and in other election-critical states. The public art project confronts the current administration's policies that have sidelined and politicized science and urges American citizens to take action by voting for pro-science candidates in the November 2020 election. The billboard in the Richmond area (pictured above) is located on I-70, west of US 40, visible to eastbound traffic traveling toward Ohio.

Supplied Photo: Billboard reading: Behold Miracles Vote for ScienceThe billboard reads: BEHOLD MIRACLES VOTE FOR SCIENCE

These monumental messages are rendered in red, white and blue, reassuring voters that a pro-science position is patriotic. The billboards speak individually and as a series in other states, creating a compelling experience for viewers. The core message: Despite oppositional rhetoric that pervades the current political landscape, voters should know that science and religion can, should and do co-exist in a free society.

The billboards grab the viewer's attention with familiar and uplifting biblical verbs. The phrases are juxtaposed with a call to action: support science when voting. Science is often taken for granted, yet it permeates our daily lives in things we depend on, like medicines, clean water, cell phones and cars.

The majority of Americans are aware that science provides life-saving, innovative and practical solutions to urgent issues such as disease, global warming, the threat of nuclear war and our need for food, energy and transportation in an exploding world population. Class Action Collective's billboards remind us that we can support science while still maintaining our spiritual beliefs.

The Covid-19 pandemic and climate change are foremost on voter's minds; science will play a crucial role in addressing both issues. The results of the November local, state and national elections will be critical to upcoming decisions on science-based policies and the effects of these crises on our families and livelihoods.

Porter Advertising of Richmond provided the space, production and installation services at a reduced fee for this billboard. It will be on display through November 3, 2020.

This work is included in For Freedoms' 2020 Awakening initiative. Class Action Collective's related 2018 billboard art is currently on view in the exhibition World Peace at MoCA Westport, in Westport CT through January 17, 2021.

IU East's Fall Virtual Music Concerts to Feature Faculty, Students Beginning October 12

Posted October 12, 2020

The Indiana University East Department of Music is hosting a series of live-streamed concerts this fall on Facebook Live.

Nathan Froebe, visiting lecturer of music at IU East, said the virtual concerts are a way for musicians to continue to connect during the pandemic.

"Musicians are creative folks, and the musicians here at IU East have been hard at work creating ways for all of us to continue to engage with the art of music during this socially distanced time," Froebe said. "Our students and faculty have been preparing a variety of performances to share with our campus and community via live-streaming, from celebrating the legacies of the masters, to premieres of new works by students and faculty, to capstone performances of students completing their degrees, and more!"

Supplied Photo: Peter Douglas
Peter Douglas

The first concert is at 7 p.m. on Monday, October 12. The event features Peter Douglas, piano, with guest Marcel Ramalho, baritone, performing selections for "Beethoven's 250th: A Piano and Voice Recital." The performance is an evening of art song and piano works centered around the life of Beethoven. Pre-selected audience members will be in the auditorium during the performance.

The performances will be held in Vivian Auditorium, which has recently been remodeled. The public will be able to watch the full performance as it is streamed live on IU East's Facebook Live at

"It is exceptionally important that we support the arts in any way we can during these times, both to support the artists who provide us with meaningful entertainment, as well as for ourselves to continue to be nourished with the amazing music and hard work of our IU East students and faculty are producing," Froebe said.

Douglas is an adjunct instructor at IU East. Performing as a collaborative pianist, organist, and solo pianist, Douglas has established a career as a versatile performing artist. His performances have taken him throughout the United States and globally to Europe and South America.

He is currently a doctoral candidate (ABD) at Ball State University pursuing a Doctor of Arts Degree in Piano Chamber Music and Accompanying with a secondary in Music Theory/Composition. At IU East, he teaches class piano and sight-singing/aural skills. He is an organist/collaborative pianist at First Presbyterian Church in Muncie and maintains a busy freelance collaborative piano schedule performing with singers, instrumentalists, dancers, chamber groups, and choral ensembles.

Supplied Photo: Marcel Ramalho
Marcel Ramalho

Ramalho holds a Doctor of Arts in Music from Ball State University, and currently serves as an adjunct faculty member at Earlham College and Ivy Tech Community College-Lafayette. A recipient of several academic awards and scholarships, he recently sang Thomas Putnam in Robert Ward's The Crucible with Berlin Opera Academy. At Ball State University, Ramalho sang the title roles in Mozart's Don Giovanniand Le Nozze di Figaro, and Puccini's Gianni Schicchi. Other roles include Peter in Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel, Captain Corcoran in Gilbert and Sullivan's H.M.S. Pinafore, Don Pedro in Berlioz' Béatrice et Bénédict, and scenes from Rossini's La Cenerentola (Dandini), Donizetti's L'elisir d'amore (Belcore), Moore's The Ballad of Baby Doe (Horace Tabor), Copland's The Tender Land (Top), and Gounod's Roméo et Juliette (Grégorio).Ramalho has also recently appeared as the bass soloist in J. S. Bach's cantatasIch habe genug (BWV 82), Aus tiefer Not schrei ich zu dir (BWV 38), Christ lag in Todesbanden (BWV 4), and Weinen, klagen, sorgen, zagen (BWV 12), W. A. Mozart's Freimaurerkantante, and G. Fauré's Requiem.

Haewon Yang, piano, will perform "Off the Beaten Path" at 7 p.m. on November 10. This is an evening exploring lesser known and newer works for modern piano, including the premiere of Froebe's new work, "Nocturnes."

Supplied Photo:Haewon Yang
Haewon Yang

Yang, adjunct instructor of piano, has been recognized for her colorful and sensitive performances. As an avid performer and collaborative musician, she is a sought after for her flexibility across different genres and carefully studied interpretations. She has won top prizes in Canadian national competitions such as the Shean Piano Competition and Canadian Music Competition, as well as the Indiana University Concerto Competition and the Indianapolis Matinee Musical Competition.

She has been a guest artist at the Yemel Philharmonic Society in Toronto, Canada, Concordia Wilmington Concert Series in Wilmington, Delaware, and the Indiana Landmarks Center in Indianapolis, with performances across North America and Europe. Her doctoral research was on the piano compositions of child composers, which includes the works of the prodigious composer and pianist Emile Naoumoff.

Yang holds degrees from the University of Toronto and the IU Jacobs School of Music, and studied with Paulette Price, Marietta Orlov and Arnaldo Cohen. She lives in West Lafayette with her husband Brian.

This November the IU East Student Capstone Recital Showcase will feature Claire Eckstein, composer; Zach Cornett; baritone; Tanner Puterbaugh, French horn and tenor. The showcase begins at 5:30 p.m. on November 19. This concert will be virtual only.

Eckstein is from Batesville; Cornett is from Connersville; and Puterbaugh is from Richmond. The students are majoring in humanities with a concentration in music.

The capstone recital is a mega-concert featuring IU East students performing an eclectic array of works new and old, Froebe said.

The Music Student Concert is at 6 p.m. on December 3. This virtual concert will be live-streamed and features performances and original compositions by all IU East students taking private music lessons. It serves as the culmination of a semester's hard work by student musicians, and offers everyone an opportunity to continuing engaging with the arts in this socially distanced time.

Upcoming concert information and live stream links will be added to IU East Facebook Events at and the IU East Events Calendar at

Reid Health 'Hospital of the Year' with Donor Organization

Posted October 12, 2020

Supplied Photo: From left, Misti Foust-Cofield, Vice President/Chief Nursing Officer; Jared Dunlap, Director, Inpatient Nursing; Tyler Evans, Director, Cardiac Service Line; Craig Kinyon, President/CEO; and Alex Van Zant, VisionFirst

VisionFirst has recognized Reid Health as the "Hospital of the Year" for the first time because of its dedication and development of a "model program" to encourage eye and tissue donation.

"The healthcare professionals at Reid Health have established a program that provides donation opportunity while maintaining the dignity of donors and their families," said Alex Van Zant, Director of Professional Services for VisionFirst, one of 57 U.S. eye banks. He specifically cited Reid Health nurses for their dedication to the donor program.

"The keys to their success have been committed nurses who realize their impact on the lives of others and the understanding that donation can offer something positive to families who have suffered a loss," Van Zant said.

Reid Health has been recognized several times for its donor program with an annual "Vision" Award, but this marks the first time for the designation of Hospital of the Year. Van Zant said the organization does not always give this award, but only when an organization consistently excels in the donor program.

Misti Foust-Cofield, Reid Health Vice President/Chief Nursing Officer, said her nurses and support teams understand the significance of how the donor program affects the lives of others by restoring vision. "Donors and their families appreciate the opportunity to help someone else, finding something positive at an otherwise extremely difficult time."

Van Zant presented representatives of the Reid Health team with the award this week. VisionFirst was founded by the Lions of Indiana.

"The goal of our donor program is to ensure every individual and family is presented with the opportunity to be a donor," Van Zant said. "The caring professionals at Reid Health have established a program that ensures this while maintaining the dignity of donors and their families."

Reid Health cornea donations made a difference in the lives of more than 80 people in 2019, he said, and approximately 450 in the past five years. "This first Hospital of the Year award is well-deserved," he said. "These are our family members, friends and neighbors who have had their vision restored thanks to the kindness and dedication shown by this donor program.

Reid Health Increases Germ-zapping Robot Team

Posted October 12, 2020

Supplied Photo: UV RobotsReid Health, which was the first hospital in Indiana to deploy a new "germ-zapping robot" in 2017, has added three more to the high-tech team used to disinfect surgery and inpatient rooms as part of a multifaceted arsenal to reduce or eliminate risk of infection.

The new units expedite the process of sterilizing surgery suites and patient rooms and are also used to sterilize every room after a COVID-19 patient is released. In fact, the pandemic influenced the health system's decision to add units to the original robot unit, dubbed "Rosie" by team members.

"With the COVID-19 pandemic this year highlighting the importance of infection control, we always ensure we have the best tools and technology at our disposal," said Jennifer Ehlers, Vice President and Chief Quality Officer for the health system. She said the first unit clearly proved its value in reducing risk of infection.

Kim Schneider, RN, Infection Control with Reid Health, said cleaning processes used by Environmental Services without the robot are excellent. The use of the robot after that process "adds an extra layer or protection for our patients, visitors and staff."

"Xenex's LightStrike™ Germ-Zapping Robot" uses pulsed xenon Ultraviolet (UV) light to disinfect rooms without leaving chemical residue or toxic fumes. Hospitals and health systems using the technology have reported significant decreases in infection rates.

Jeff Cook, Director of Engineering and Environmental Services, said the additional disinfecting robots "are another tool Environmental Services uses in their already stellar performance in cleaning and disinfecting patient care areas." He said besides being used in surgical suites and inpatient rooms, they will also be used in the Emergency Department.

The Xenex robot uses Full Spectrum™ pulsed xenon ultraviolet (UV) light that is hundreds of times more intense than sunlight to quickly destroy bacteria, viruses, fungi and bacterial spores. The portable disinfection system is effective against even the most dangerous pathogens, including Clostridium difficile (C. diff), norovirus, influenza, Ebola and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, better known as MRSA. Their DNA is fused, rendering them unable to reproduce or mutate, effectively killing them on surfaces.

"This investment is significant and underscores our commitment to patient care and the communities we serve," Ehlers said.

Local Volunteer and BSU Student Recognized by Points of Light

Posted October 12, 2020

MUNCIE, IN – Duncan McLarty, LifeStream volunteer and Ball State University student athlete, was recognized as an honoree for the George H.W. Bush Points of Light Awards Celebration Inspiration Honor Roll. Points of Light is a national organization that works to inspire, equip, and mobilize people to take action that changes the world. The Inspiration Honor Roll celebrates both acts of kindness and service that demonstrates the light that individuals bring to their community around the world.

Duncan McLarty was nominated by LifeStream Services for the George H.W. Bush Points of Light Awards Celebration for his remarkable volunteerism during the COVID-19 pandemic. After his in-person classes were canceled in March, Duncan reached out to LifeStream with a simple message, "How can I help." Since then, Duncan has helped by going grocery shopping and delivering food, toilet paper, and cleaning supplies to seniors who are unable to leave their homes. No request was too far away, too early or late in the day. If there was a need he was ready to ensure it was met.

"Duncan is an outstanding individual who goes above and beyond in everything he sets out to do," said Laura Bray, LifeStream Volunteer Services Administrator. "He is so deserving to be recognized by such a prestigious organization as he is a true "Point of Light" in our community."

Volunteerism has been essential in meeting the increased needs among seniors during the pandemic. LifeStream Services and many non-profits rely on volunteers like Duncan to step up during times of crisis. To learn more about Duncan and Points of Light, please visit Those interested in learning more about LifeStream's volunteer opportunities should contact Laura Bray, Volunteer Services Administrator, at 765-759-3372 or email More information can also be found at

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

Singles Interaction, Inc.

Posted September 22, 2020

Supplied Newsletter: Singles Interaction, Inc. October 2020

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!

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