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Newly Sworn-In Police Officers Bring Reid Health's Total to 17

Posted April 13, 2021

Supplied Photo:  Reid Health President/CEO Craig Kinyon (right) swears in four new police officers (from left) Scott Jackson, Cory Jenkins, Billy Terhaar, and Scott Roberts.A process that began more than a year ago is moving into its final phases now as another quartet of Reid Health security officers were sworn in as police officers Monday.

Officers Scott Jackson, Cory Jenkins, Scott Roberts, and Billy Terhaar took their oaths in front of family on the main Reid campus, joining the 13 others who have preceded them since the department's creation in February 2020.

The four will take part in the eight-week training course at the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy next month.

"All of the guys have done really well," said Randy Kolentus, Chief of Police for Reid Health. "It's no surprise they've been successful.

To complete the transition from a security force to a police department, another eight team members will need to be sworn in and sent off to the academy. Kolentus is hopeful that four of those will go in August.

In all, the makeover is running slightly ahead of the two-year timeframe that Kolentus originally estimated for completing the change.

"We're ahead of schedule. Hopefully, COVID will stay down and we'll be able to finish yet this year." -- Randy Kolentus, Reid Health Chief of Police

"We're ahead of schedule. Hopefully, COVID volumes will stay low and we'll be able to finish yet this year," he said.

Reid began to transform its security team to a police department early last year, joining other health systems around the state. The move is intended to enhance the security and safety of those who use Reid services.

The change reflects the growth of the health system and the accompanying increase in the need for police assistance. When the intention to establish the department first was announced, Kolentus noted the Richmond Police Department responded to Reid calls almost 900 times in 2019.

The former Security Department has grown from nine officers in 2016 to more than 20 team members today as Reid's geographic footprint has increased and its number of staff has risen to some 3,400 people.

"It's always so nice to see the families come out to support our officers and help them celebrate," said Jennifer Ehlers, Reid Health Vice President/Chief Quality Officer. "I've very proud of this team. They provide outstanding service to our patients, their families, and our staff."

2021 Student Research Day Award Winners

Posted April 13, 2021

Indiana University East held Student Research Day on April 2. The annual event features the work of on-campus and online undergraduate students and for the campus to celebrate their achievements.

This is the second year in a row the event was held virtually under COVID-19 safety and health guidelines. Student Research Day presentations were held on Canvas throughout the day.

The keynote address by Katelyn Brown, D.D.S., B.S. and B.A. '16, and awards presentation was held on Facebook Live at https://www.facebook.com/events/3756379024476213. Brown is an associate dentist and practices locally in Richmond. She completed her doctorate from the IU School of Dentistry in July 2020.

Student presentations included independent scholarship from courses, independent studies, summer research programs, Honors Program projects and creative endeavors. Honors Program students will also have the option to present at the Mid-East Honors Association (MEHA) Conference. The annual Student Showcase included works of art from students in the 2020 summer and fall semesters, 2021 spring semester, and Senior Capstone exhibits. Merit monetary awards are given annually through the sponsorship of Stagg Safety of Richmond, Robert Warfel, president.

Award winners received $200 for first place, $150 for second, $100 for third and fourth $75. Funding provided for by the Office of Academic Affairs. Winners this year were:

Oral Presentation Award Winners
  • First Place: Austin Haus, humanities and music double major, Richmond, Indiana, "Evolution of Technique and Composition With the Piano."
  • Second Place: Makenna Gunckel, elementary education major, Arcanum, Ohio, "The Benefits of Delaying Kindergarten Entrance Age."
  • Third Place: Hannah Buehner, Spanish and communication studies double major, "Las Jarchas: Sharing Timeless Truths with Future Generations."
  • Fourth Place: Renee Cooper, elementary education major, Richmond, Indiana, "Two-Way Immersion Schools."
Poster Presentations
  • First Place: Kyle Raihala, mathematics major, Richmond, Indiana, "Analysis of the Cycling Network's Safety in Trier, Germany Using Arc GIS Pro."
  • Second Place: Sandy Zimmerman, history major, Virginia Beach, Virginia, "Magic and Ritual Beliefs as Justification for Murder, Enslavement, or Wrongful Death."
  • Third Place: Jonathan Kerby-White, mathematics major, Bloomington, Indiana, "Limits: The Fundamental Concept of Calculus."
  • Fourth Place: Katharine (Kat) Sterrett, business administration major, Manilla, Indiana, "The Balance Sheet and Financial Disclosures."
Honors Showcase

Four-way tie for first place:

  • Donovan Chang, mathematics major, Seoul, South Korea, "Hitting Times on Star-Shaped Graphs."
  • Shannon Dice, general studies major, Connersville, Indiana, "Rural Indiana Treasures."
  • Calev Isaacson, mathematics major, Phoenix, Arizona, "Modeling Quantum Gravity."
  • Tatyana Whited, business administration major, Brownsburg, Indiana, "Breaking Down Barriers and Building Bridges: Bringing More Women Into the Study of STEAM." Whitehead received the Vanguard Award, given to the senior honors thesis that displays extraordinary vision and social impact.

Earlham College's Men's Basketball Holds Mulch Sale

Posted April 12, 2021

Earlham College's Men's Basketball team will be selling mulch as well as the labor to spread it as an annual fund raiser. Questions should be addressed to Shane Cleveland at 207-206-6270 or clevesh@earlham.edu. Download .pdf form for printing.

Supplied Flyer:  Earlham College Men's Basketball Mulch Sale

IU East Virtual Business Speaker Series Presenter Discusses the Effect of Opiates on American Religion

Posted April 12, 2021

Indiana University East's School of Business and Economics Business Speaker Series presents Daniel Hungerman, Ph.D., a professor of economics at the University of Notre Dame.

Hungerman will virtually present "Opiates of the Masses? Deaths of Despair and the Decline of American Religion" at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 13 on IU East Facebook Live at https://www.facebook.com/events/440864203864652.

The lecture is part of IU East's School of Business and Economics Business Speaker Series. The presentation is free and open to the public.

A question and answer period will follow Hungerman's presentation. Viewers will be able to submit their questions via the comments section on Facebook Live.

Hungerman's discussion is based on his research and paper co-written with Tyler Giles, graduate student at the University of Notre Dame, and Tamar Oostrom, assistant professor of economics at The Ohio State University.

In recent decades, the U.S. death rates from poisonings, suicides, and alcoholic liver disease have dramatically increased. The researchers show that the initial rise in these deaths of despair was preceded by a large decline in organized religion, and that both trends were driven by white middle-aged Americans. Using the repeal of blue laws as an exogenous shock to religiosity, they confirm that religious practice can have significant effects on these mortality rates. Their findings show that cultural factors such as organized religion can play an important role in our understanding of deaths of despair.

The Business Speaker Series is sponsored by the Charles Koch Foundation. Co-sponsored by Delta Mu Delta, IU East Center for Economic Education, and the IU East Business and Economic Research Center.

Koenig Offers Fleet of Mobile Service Technicians with New Mobile Response Team

Posted April 8, 2021

Koenig Equipment is excited to announce the company-wide offering of its Mobile Response Team, a fleet of mobile, agricultural service technicians ready to serve ag customers when and where they need it.

"We have spent the previous planting and harvesting seasons piloting the service at a few of our stores," said Matt McConnell, Director of Product Support at Koenig Equipment, "which gave us the opportunity to perfect the process for this season. Our technicians are ready to come to you, in the field, in order to minimize downtime and keep you running during this busy time of year."

The Koenig Mobile Response Team consists of certified technicians with fully equipped service trucks to ensure customers receive the quality service they need right in the field. With the Mobile Response option, Koenig Equipment can offer faster response times due to more technicians ready to serve customers, the convenience of not needing to bring equipment to the shop, and the quality service provided by a collective 306 years of technician experience.

Requesting service from the Mobile Response Team is easy. Simply call the Service Department at your local Koenig location, or schedule service online via our website, and request that the technician comes to you. The Mobile Response Team dispatchers will then find the technician best equipped to meet each customer's needs and send them to the designated service location. To find the nearest Koenig location, visit koenigequipment.com/locations. To schedule service online, visit koenigequipment.com/service/schedule.

"Healing In Nature" Art Exhibit at Reid Health

Posted April 8, 2021

Supplied Photo: Claudia Edwards in McDowell Gallery, Reid Health, Richmond, IndianaCurrently on display in the MacDowell Gallery at Reid Hospital is a photography exhibit by Claudia Edwards titled "Pacha Mama: Healing in Nature." Edwards was born in Peru and has lived in the US for over 23 years. She currently resides in Richmond and is the Executive Director of the Preble County Art Association in Eaton, OH.

Pacha Mama (meaning Mother Nature) is the inspiration for her creative work in which she seeks a deeper connection to her inner self through the healing energy of landscape. Her exhibit includes breathtaking panoramic scenes from nature as well as more industrial subjects such as bridges, trains, and local architectural.

The MacDowell Gallery is located on the second floor of the hospital and the current exhibit will be on display through May 9.

Renovations Underway at Two Reid Health Facilities

Posted April 8, 2021

Work to make room for expanded services has begun at two Reid Health facilities on Richmond's north side.

A project at the Reid Orthopedic Center, 1400 Highland Road, started with selective demolition in the former surgery area, which will be turned into more clinic space for physicians.

There will be 16 new exam rooms, two procedure rooms, physician pods, and two nursing areas. The work also will make a better path to the radiology area by eliminating a maze through the corridors.

"The construction will provide additional room for our service line to grow, offering much-needed services to our patients," said Monica Schlichter, Musculoskeletal Service Line Director for Reid Health.

"We are extremely excited to have a hand surgeon, sports medicine surgeon, primary care sports medicine physician, and our perioperative program join us in addition to our new walk-in clinic to be able to take excellent care of our patients by providing those services right here in Richmond."

According to Jeff Cook, Director of Engineering and Environmental Services at Reid, other improvements coming to the facility include new HVAC equipment to replace older units, a larger main lobby/waiting area, and a reworking of the check-in area for the Reid Pain Management and Reid Podiatry practices.

"We are extremely excited to have a hand surgeon, sports medicine surgeon, primary care sports medicine physician, and our perioperative program join us in addition to our new walk-in clinic to be able to take excellent care of our patients by providing those services right here in Richmond." -- Monica Schlichter, Musculoskeletal Service Line Director

The project is expected to be completed in January.

A couple of miles south, an addition is being built at the facility that houses several Reid practices at 1434 Chester Blvd.

The new area will allow Reid Dermatology to have its own suite while also making room for new physicians coming to Reid ENT, Cook said.

"We are excited to be welcoming new ENT and Dermatology providers into our practices this summer," said Carmela Benge, Director of Surgical Specialties for Reid Health. "With the new construction, the Dermatology practice will move out of the current ENT space into their own wing on the south side of the building, providing room for the addition of new providers and staff.

"This expansion will allow us to continue to provide quality care to our patients and allow our patients to be seen in an appropriate timeframe."

That project should be wrapped up in July.

Reid Health Sets up COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics For Colleges, Richmond State Hospital

Posted April 8, 2021

Reid Health is expanding its COVID-19 vaccination efforts this week, partnering with local colleges and Richmond State Hospital to stand up special clinics for those institutions.

On Thursday, two of the three planned sites will open, including one for the state hospital on its campus and another serving Indiana University East and Ivy Tech Community College Richmond on the IU East campus.

These special clinics are not open to the general public. They are solely for the use of students, faculty, staff, and patients of the institutions.

"We are excited to be able to offer this service to our local colleges and the Richmond State Hospital," said Thomas Huth, M.D., Vice President of Medical Affairs for Reid Health. "We want to do everything we can to ensure as many people as possible get vaccinated.

"The quicker we can get shots in arms, the quicker we can move past this pandemic."

Scheduling for the clinics was set up to ensure both doses of the Pfizer vaccine can be administered before classes at the colleges end for the semester.

"We are hopeful that faculty, staff, and students will take advantage of this opportunity to receive their COVID-19 vaccinations," said Jason Troutwine, Vice Chancellor for External Affairs at IU East. "We appreciate Reid Health and the Indiana Department of Health offering this opportunity to our campus community."

"We are excited to be able to offer this service to our local colleges and the Richmond State Hospital. We want to do everything we can to ensure as many people as possible get vaccinated." -- Thomas Huth, M.D., Vice President of Medical Affairs for Reid Health

Getting students, faculty, and staff vaccinated is critical for a return to in-person instruction next school year.

"I am thrilled that Ivy Tech Community College is partnering with IU East and Reid Health to bring a COVID vaccine clinic to our students and employees," said Lori Handy, Interim Chancellor for Ivy Tech Richmond. "Ivy Tech is planning to be back with face-to-face options for anyone who is looking for on-campus classes this fall and vaccination clinics like this will help make that a reality."

"The quicker we can get shots in arms, the quicker we can move past this pandemic."

The third location -- at Earlham College serving that school and Bethany Theological Seminary -- will open next week.

"We are so fortunate to have a strong community partner in Reid Health," Earlham President Anne Houtman said. "With their expertise, oversight, and coordination, we will greatly accelerate the distribution of the vaccine to our campus community and take a step closer toward business as usual.

"The pandemic has posed significant challenges for higher education, especially residential liberal arts colleges like us. Hands-on, in-person learning experiences are at the heart of our work in the classroom and beyond. Reid has worked with us to address some of those challenges, and this partnership has been a key factor in keeping our campus community safe and healthy. We are eager to get back to what we do best with Reid's support and commitment to the health and safety of our region."

"I would like to take the time to thank Dr. Huth and the COVID team at Reid hospital for working with Richmond State Hospital to provide vaccinations for our clients and staff members. The process of getting approval was smooth and everyone was helpful and nice." -- Paul Stanley, Richmond State Hospital Superintendent

"You did a wonderful service for the community of Wayne County, and we look forward to working together in the future."

"We are grateful to Reid Health for partnering with us to offer easy access to safe and effective vaccines," said Jeff Carter, President of Bethany Theological Seminary.

"Our students, faculty, and staff have been patient, diligent, and resilient throughout the pandemic. We have maintained what we call 'Golden Rule Practices' -- wearing masks, washing hands, maintaining social distance, and now, getting vaccinated. As a result of these efforts, we have had very few cases of COVID in our community. Having a vaccination clinic within walking distance will be a great benefit as we work to keep everyone healthy and safe."

Over the past several weeks, Reid staff has worked with the schools and the state hospital as well as the Indiana Department of Health to plan for how the clinics will run. Reid will provide the vaccine and operate the sites while the IU East School of Nursing and Health Sciences and Ivy Tech School of Nursing will provide staffing by students and faculty to administer the vaccine at the colleges.

"I would like to take the time to thank Dr. Huth and the COVID team at Reid hospital for working with Richmond State Hospital to provide vaccinations for our clients and staff members," said Paul Stanley, Richmond State Hospital Superintendent. "The process of getting approval was smooth and everyone was helpful and nice.

"You did a wonderful service for the community of Wayne County, and we look forward to working together in the future."

Nominations Now Accepted for the LifeStream Golden Hoosier Award

Posted April 8, 2021

LifeStream Services is seeking nominees age 65 or older for the LifeStream Golden Hoosier Award. The community is encouraged to nominate those special volunteers who consistently go above and beyond demonstrating passion and commitment to service in their community.

The nominee must be age 65 or older and currently reside in Blackford, Delaware, Fayette, Franklin, Grant, Henry, Jay, Madison, Randolph, Rush, Union, or Wayne county. The individual must have completed at least three years of volunteer experience after reaching 60 years of age, positively impacting members of the community, an organization, or faith-based organization through volunteer efforts.

A special committee will choose the top 50 nominees and choose the winner of the LifeStream Golden Hoosier Award. This individual will then be nominated for the state of Indiana's prestigious Golden Hoosier Award, which is the highest honor a senior citizen can receive from the state.

Nominations are due no later than April 16 to Laura Bray, LifeStream's Volunteer Services Administrator. Additional information and a nomination form can be accessed by visiting www.lifestreaminc.org/goldenhoosier. Questions? Please call 765-759-3372 or email lbray@lifestreaminc.org.

This award is sponsored by Reid Health Alliance Medicare.

Now Open For Public Walk-Ins: Reid Health and Iu East Are Partnering to Offer a COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic For Campus, Community

Posted April 8, 2021

In an effort to get the COVID-19 vaccine to as many people as possible in the Indiana University East campus community, the on-campus clinic is now open to the public to walk-in and receive the first dose of the vaccine. This includes IU East faculty, staff, students, members of their family and friends, and the public.

Reid Health and Indiana University East are partnering to offer the COVID-19 vaccine clinic from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 8, at the Student Events Center (SEC). Parking will be available at the SEC and the Whitewater Parking lot. Those participating in the clinic should plan to also receive their second dose on Thursday, April 29, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the same location.

Reid Health, IU East and Ivy Tech Community College are working in collaboration with the Indiana Department of Health to provide the vaccinations. The Pfizer vaccine will be distributed. Reid Health will administer and operate the clinics. The IU East School of Nursing and Health Sciences and Ivy Tech School of Nursing will provide staffing by nursing students and faculty.

Walk-in participants will need to bring identification to the clinic in order to receive the vaccine. Anyone who has pre-registered for an appointment should plan to arrive at their scheduled time.

Any faculty, staff or students or walk-in participants are invited to attend the on-campus clinic. This includes those who do not live in Indiana.

Anyone who has previously received a COVID-19 vaccination - either one dose or two doses - will not need to register for the vaccination offered at IU East. It is advised for faculty, staff and students who have received their first dose of a vaccination to return to the same site location for the second dose.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Who is eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccination at IU East?
    Anyone that is over age 16+ in order to receive a vaccination in Indiana. The vaccination is available to non-Indiana residents.
  • If the first dose has been received at another site location, could I attend the clinic at IU East?
    It is recommended for any faculty, staff, student, or community member who has received the first dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccination to return to the same site for their second dose.
  • Which vaccination will be distributed?
    Reid Health will distribute the Pfizer vaccination at the clinic. Participants should plan to receive both doses of the vaccination at IU East.
  • I am not available on April 8th, what should I do?
    Please schedule a vaccine with your local provider. Information about other vaccine locations can be found at vaccine.coronavirus.in.gov/en-US/.
  • Already scheduled somewhere else?
    No problem. If you want to switch your appointment to one at the IU East clinic, simply schedule through the link sent from the state via email or text. Then, call 211 to cancel your existing appointment.
  • Do I have to get my vaccine at IU East?
    No, you don't have to get your vaccine at the on-campus clinic. This clinic is another option to help ensure students, faculty, staff and the community have more access to the vaccine as quickly as possible.

For further questions and answers related to COVID-19 vaccinations, visit covid.iu.edu.

Additional information can be found at reidhealth.org/covid-vaccine.

Masks Are Still Required at Reid Health Facilities

Posted April 6, 2021

Despite the lifting of Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb's statewide mandate, masking is still required at all Reid Health facilities.

Holcomb recently announced his order that people wear masks in public places because of the COVID-19 pandemic would expire on April 6. In its place, the governor has issued an advisory, urging everyone to continue masking when around other people outside of their household.

Guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continue to call for masking in healthcare settings, even for those who have been fully vaccinated against the virus.

Guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continue to call for masking in healthcare settings, even for those who have been fully vaccinated against the virus.

"Although the rate of spread is down from the peaks seen a few months ago and the number of people who have been vaccinated has increased, the pandemic is not over," said Craig Kinyon, Reid Health President/CEO.

"We will continue to take necessary precautions to ensure the safety of our patients, their family, and our team members while maintaining our ability to meet our communities' healthcare needs."

Fort Wayne Mom Receives Reid Health's 30,000th COVID-19 Vaccine Dose

Posted March 31, 2021

Supplied Photo: Kimberlyn Teh
Kimberlyn Teh on Wednesday received the 30,000th COVID-19 vaccine dose administered by Reid Health.

When Indiana residents in their 30s became eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine on Monday, Kimberlyn Teh and her husband, Kean, began looking everywhere for an appointment.

There was nothing available around their hometown of Fort Wayne, so they widened their search. Eventually, they found a site with open time slots, but it was nearly 100 miles away.

On Wednesday, they made the two-hour trip south to Reid Health's Kuhlman Center Vaccine Clinic where Kimberlyn received the 30,000th vaccine dose administered by the health system.

Kean is among those who are high-risk for severe illness from COVID-19 and the couple are planning to travel internationally, so they wanted to get vaccinated quickly after becoming eligible.

Because of Kean's health status, the Tehs have tried to isolate themselves as much as possible during the pandemic, even keeping their daughter from going to daycare.

"I believe getting vaccinated is a personal choice. Whether someone does or doesn't is totally up to them," Kimberlyn said. "But I believe in getting vaccinated for the good of the community."

Reid's community vaccination clinic at the Kuhlman Center on the Wayne County Fairgrounds in Richmond is open 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday.

Appointments should be scheduled through the state website, ourshot.in.gov, using either the Firefox or Chrome web browser. After an appointment has been made, a link will be sent to complete the registration. That information doesn't have to be filled out before arriving for the scheduled vaccination but doing so ahead of time will speed up the process.

If you need help getting an appointment, you can register directly with the Kuhlman Center Vaccine Clinic by calling (765) 935-8484 Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

The Indiana Department of Health also has designated 211 as a call line for assistance, but Reid has been made aware at least some local sites aren't showing for 211 staff as having available appointments. Patients should specifically ask for the Kuhlman Center if 211 staff don't initially offer it as an option.

"With eligibility for getting the vaccine greatly expanded, we want to get as many shots into arms as possible. The quicker we can get everyone vaccinated, the quicker we can return to a normal life." -- Thomas Huth, M.D., Vice President of Medical Affairs

Everyone 16 and older now is eligible to be vaccinated in Indiana, but only the Pfizer vaccine has been approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration for those ages 16-17. Reid's Kuhlman Center site uses the Pfizer product.

Parents or legal guardians of minor children who will be vaccinated need to be present at the child's appointment.

"With eligibility for getting the vaccine greatly expanded, we want to get as many shots into arms as possible," said Thomas Huth, M.D., Vice President of Medical Affairs at Reid Health. "The quicker we can get everyone vaccinated, the quicker we can return to a normal life."

Reid has been made a host site by the IDOH with responsibility for helping to vaccinate Wayne, Randolph, Union, and Fayette counties. County health departments in those areas also are offering vaccinations through their own clinics. Those are located at:

  • Wayne County: 601 E. Main St., Richmond
  • Randolph County: 1885 U.S. 27, Winchester
  • Union County: 6 W. South St., Liberty
  • Fayette County: 401 Central Ave., Connersville

For anyone who might need help getting to the Kuhlman Center, family members should assist with scheduling to ensure transportation will be available at the time of the appointment.

The City of Richmond is providing no-charge bus service to the Kuhlman Center. To schedule a ride, patients will need to call (765) 983-7227 or (765) 983-7301. Bus operation hours are 6:15 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Paratransit also will provide rides to the clinic Monday through Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Once on site, patients will find directional signs and the phone number to call upon their arrival, (765) 935-8484.

Student Research Day Continues to Thrive with Virtual Event on April 2

Posted March 31, 2021

Supplied Photo: Ashley Karns
Ashley Karns of Greenville, Ohio, is a senior biochemistry major at IU East. She will be one of 35 students to present an undergraduate research or creative project during the virtual Student Research Day on April 2.

Though Student Research Day next week will again be affected by pandemic restrictions, this year's "Celebration in Cyberspace" exhibition of students' research and creative work involves more than 50 entries in what remains a campus wide, high-profile event. Of those entries, 34 have been selected for Student Research Day presentations.

Student Research Day is at 2 p.m. on Friday, April 2, on IU East Facebook Live.

Ange Cooksey, senior lecturer in Humanities and director of the Honors Program, said the event is designed to recognize and celebrate the scholarly, research and creative work of students.

"Before last year, Student Research Day was a vibrant, well-attended face-to-face event," Cooksey said.

In April 2020, Student Research Day was held virtually for the first time. This year, despite continued limitations of COVID-19, the 2021 edition will again involve a range of students and research topics representing every school.

Student Research Day launched nearly 20 years ago to showcase the work of a handful of students conducting undergraduate research projects sponsored by their Summer Research Scholarships.

When Cooksey assumed leadership in 2010, she wanted to get more academic schools involved. By last year, the event involved more than 70 students and 40 faculty members representing every school. This year 34 students are participating and 20 faculty members served as mentors.

"The program is now supported with an annual budget, and students who distinguish themselves by placing in the competition win cash awards," Cooksey said.

This year's virtual program will include welcomes by IU East Chancellor Kathy Girten and Executive Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs Michelle Malott. That will be followed by a keynote address by Katelyn Brown, D.D.S., an IU East alumna now practicing dentistry in Richmond. The award winners will be announced during the event.

Emily Merrell, a senior business administration major, is one of the 2020 Summer Research Scholars. As a Summer Research Scholar, Merrell is one of the students presenting for Student Research Day.

Merrell said she intentionally chose a project that "had almost nothing to do with my major" but gave her wonderful research experience looking into something close to her heart.

"I have always been close to my grandparents and enjoyed hearing the stories they shared from throughout their lives. I wanted to document some of those stories, though I knew it would be a very time-consuming process," Merrell said.

Doing the research was "outside her comfort zone" and involved a series of extensive interviews and related historical research she believes will make her better in future careers involving in-depth interviews. Her project result is "The Cultural History of a Midwestern Family in Twentieth Century America."

Jim Skufca, of Charlotte, North Carolina, will complete a bachelor's degree in Applied Mathematics this year. His 2020 project, "Credit Risk Modeling Based on Logistic Regression," fits right into his career. He has worked in the fields of commercial credit portfolio management for large banks.

"My research last summer (2020) was an extension of the work that I've been doing my entire career," Skufca said.

He decided to pursue his mathematics degree online at IU East as a foundational step to a graduate degree in machine learning/deep learning with applications in credit portfolio management.

"I learned how much mathematics and computer science have to offer to the future of credit portfolio management. I'm really excited about the opportunities in my industry and can't wait to continue my studies in graduate school," Skufca said.

He added the research program is a great way to showcase students' work and allows them "to get acquainted with real-world applications of what can seem like very theoretical concepts they learn in class."

Heidi Klein, a secondary education major from New Paris, Ohio, submitted "Purge Burning," a short book of poems that incorporate aspects of farm life in the Midwest.

Ashley Karns, senior biochemistry major, believes her work on researching an insecticide will help prepare her for plans to do research in the medical or biology field. Karns is from Greenfield, Ohio.

"This is a great opportunity to offer a student a way of showcasing their work," Karns said.

Student Research Day projects highlight the variety of work featured each year, said Cooksey. From creative writing to chemistry, art and music to applied science, Student Research Day illustrates the depth of scholarly work at IU East.

The program going forward will also keep some of the virtual aspects forced by COVID-19.

"We will now regularly offer a more robust, virtual environment for Student Research Day as we will always have an online community participating and presenting. We want to better serve them in the future, ever expanding the new ways we may reach and enrich the lives of students and faculty," Cooksey said.

All IU East students, in every discipline and online students, are able to participate. Participants may choose to present a poster or an oral presentation, to be judged by a panel of faculty and staff.

In addition, participants have the option of getting published in the Journal of Student Research at IU East. Student Research Day showcases the Summer Scholars Research program, Student Showcase (fine arts), Honors Program thesis students, and students' research and creative works.

"We are so proud of the accomplishments of our students that we want to not only recognize their accomplishments -- we want to celebrate them, applaud their hard work, and inspire them to push on in their pursuit of excellence in their research, their studies, and their work," Cooksey said.

LifeStream Partners for Curbside Vaccine Education & Food Distribution in Muncie

Posted March 31, 2021

LifeStream Services is partnering with Church of the Living God in Muncie to offer a drive-thru vaccine education and food distribution. The event invites those over the age of 60 to drive-thru to receive a pack of meals and information on the importance of registering for the COVID-19 vaccine.

The Curbside Vaccine Education and Food Distribution will be held on Monday, April 12 at 11:00am at Church of the Living God located at 1120 E. Washington St. Muncie, IN 47305. Eligible individuals interested in participating must sign up no later than Thursday, April 8 at lifestreaminc.org or call Lydia Randolph after 3:00pm at 765-749-4502.

This opportunity is free of charge and is limited to the first 100 registered. For more information or questions regarding this event, please contact Beth Evans, LifeStream Director of Community Services, at 765-759-1121 or bevans@lifestreaminc.org.

Nominations Now Accepted for the LifeStream Golden Hoosier Award

Posted March 31, 2021

LifeStream Services is seeking nominees age 65 or older for the LifeStream Golden Hoosier Award. The community is encouraged to nominate those special volunteers who consistently go above and beyond demonstrating passion and commitment to service in their community.

The nominee must be age 65 or older and currently reside in Blackford, Delaware, Fayette, Franklin, Grant, Henry, Jay, Madison, Randolph, Rush, Union, or Wayne county. The individual must have completed at least three years of volunteer experience after reaching 60 years of age, positively impacting members of the community, an organization, or faith-based organization through volunteer efforts.

A special committee will choose the top 50 nominees and choose the winner of the LifeStream Golden Hoosier Award. This individual will then be nominated for the state of Indiana's prestigious Golden Hoosier Award, which is the highest honor a senior citizen can receive from the state.

Nominations are due no later than April 16 to Laura Bray, LifeStream's Volunteer Services Administrator. Additional information and a nomination form can be accessed by visiting www.lifestreaminc.org/goldenhoosier. Questions? Please call 765-759-3372 or email lbray@lifestreaminc.org.

This award is sponsored by Reid Health Alliance Medicare.

MRL Presents "Green Thumb Thursdays" Gardening Series, Offered on Thursdays in April from 6-7 p.m. at the Library

Posted March 31, 2021

Supplied Photo:  Gardening SuppliesGarden season is fast approaching. Are you ready? Whether you want to start your first garden or are a veteran gardener looking for tips, Morrisson-Reeves Library's Green Thumb Thursdays series has a session for you!

Green Thumb Thursdays promotes gardening best practices to participants. "As spring emerges, many are looking to enjoy the sunshine, and our Green Thumb series has tips for rookies and longtime gardeners," said Beth Harrick, MRL's Program Specialist. "We are excited to partner with local environmental educators to provide support for our community of gardeners."

Session topics include tips for easy gardening, how to enrich soil, dealing with diseases and pests, starting seed indoors, and the benefits of container gardens and raised beds. MRL partnered with Cope Environmental Center and Purdue Extension of Wayne and Fayette Counties to provide expert facilitation for these sessions.

Each session will have a hybrid presentation format, with a limited in-person audience and a recording made available during or after the presentation. In-person registration is first come, first served, with participants signing for as many individual sessions as desired. Sessions run on Thursdays from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the library.

The following topics will be covered:

  • April 1: Soil, Worms and Plants, Oh My! Compost and Enriching your Soil, presented by Stephanie McCurdy, Cope Environmental Center
  • April 8: Dealing with Diseases and Pests, presented by Jonathan Ferris, Purdue Extension Wayne County
  • April 15: Starting Seeds Indoors, presented by Heather Caldwell, Purdue Extension Fayette County
  • April 22: Gardening Made Easy: Introduction to Gardening, presented by Stephanie McCurdy, Cope Environmental Center
  • April 29: Container Gardens & Raised Beds, presented by Jonathan Ferris, Purdue Extension Wayne County

Following Covid-19 restrictions, MRL will have limited participation for the in-person workshops, with pre-registration, masks and social distancing required. Hand sanitizer will also be made available, and any hands-on activities are optional. Workshops will take place in our Library's Bard Room, with a maximum of 10 participants.

All programs will be available virtually during or after the live session takes place.

More details are available on the library's website, MRLinfo.org/green-thumb.

For more information, please contact Beth Harrick at 765-966-8291 extension 1117 or BHarrick@MRLinfo.org.

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