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New Sales and Marketing Director for West End Bank-Katie Alyea

West End Bank is pleased to announce the promotion of Katie Alyea as our new Sales and Marketing Director. Congratulations, Katie!


IU East Announces Faculty Promotion and Tenure

Three Indiana University East faculty recently received approval for promotion and/or tenure by by President Michael McRobbie and the Indiana University Board of Trustees. Additionally, one faculty member who holds a clinical rank was approved for a long-term contract. All are effective beginning the 2019-2020 academic year. 

Receiving promotion and/or tenure, or a long-term contract is a significant career milestone; a recognition of achievements and contributions, of which these faculty and our campus community can be proud.

Faculty Promotion and Tenure
School of Business and Economics
Susan Brudvig
, associate professor of business administration and marketing, was awarded tenure. She received her Doctorate in Business Administration from Florida State University. She received her Master of Business Administration from Purdue University, her Master of Arts in Sociology from Marquette University and her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin at Parkside. Her research interests are the application of methods, including problems in clustering, multicollinearity, coarse measurement. She has published articles in Young Consumers, International Journal of Electronic Commerce and the Journal of Supply Chain Management.

School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Dianne Moneypenny was awarded tenure and was promoted to associate professor of World Languages and Cultures. She received her Ph.D. in Hispanic Studies from the University of Kentucky. She received her M.A. in Spanish from the University of Louisville, her B.A. in Biology and a B.A. in Spanish from Indiana University Southeast. Her research interests include food studies in the areas of food and identity, culture and anthropology; cartography in Medieval and Colonial Latin America; Medieval Spanish literature; and teaching and learning online, study abroad and oral fluency in online language. She has had her work published in IndyWrites and Romance Quarterly.

Margaret Thomas-Evans was awarded tenure and was promoted to associate professor of English. She also serves as the chair of the English department. She earned her Ph.D. in Composition, Rhetoric and Technical Communication at Miami University. She received her Master of Arts in English from Wright State University and her Bachelor of Arts in Independent Studies from the University of Lancaster. Her research interests are online teaching pedagogy and practice, community writing and service learning, women and rhetoric, and academic leadership. She has published work about teaching online, leadership, and rural women's rhetoric.

Faculty Long-Term Contract
School of Education

Jane Lamb, clinical faculty, was awarded a long-term contract. Lamb is also the director of field placements and a licensing advisor for the School of Education. She received her master's degree from Ball State University and her bachelor's degree from IU East. She has presented at state and national conferences including the Classroom Literacy Conference, the Indiana Reading Association Conference and the State School Board Association.










IU East presents Faculty and Staff Recognition Awards

Richmond, Ind. - Indiana University East presented several faculty and staff with awards during the Faculty and Staff Recognition celebration held March 28.

Gloria Dixon, clinical assistant professor of nursing, received the Helen Lees Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Shelly Burns, clinical assistant professor, received the Lecturer or Clinical Instructor Excellence in Teaching Award. This award recognizes excellence in teaching by a lecturer or clinical faculty member.

Katie Miller Wolf, assistant professor of anthropology, received the Horizon Teaching Award. This award recognizes excellence in teaching by an untenured faculty member during some or all of their first four years at IU East.

Josh Tolbert, assistant professor of education, received the Horizon Service Award. This award recognizes excellence in service by an untenured faculty member during some or all of their first four years at IU East.

Margaret Thomas Evans, chair of the English department and assistant professor of English, received the Excellence in Service Award. This award recognizes excellence in service - campus, community or professional, either one-time or sustained (five years or more), by a full-time faculty member above and beyond the standard expectations of any compensation or release time provided for the service. 

Tim Scales, senior lecturer of management and director of the Center for Entrepreneurship, received the Distinguished Service Award. This award recognizes distinguished and sustained (10 years or more) service - campus, community or professional, by a full-time faculty member above and beyond the standard expectations of any compensation or release time provided for the service.

Wazir Mohamed, associate professor of sociology, received the Faculty Special Achievement Award. This award recognizes outstanding all-around achievement, either short-term or sustained, by an IU East faculty member, and can be awarded for any combination of teaching, research and service.

Beth Trammell, associate professor of psychology, received the Community Engagement Award. This award recognizes excellent community engagement by a faculty or staff member.

Brian Brodeur, assistant professor of English, received the Horizon Research Award. This award recognizes excellence in research and/or creative work by an untenured faculty member during some or all of their first four years at IU East.

Jay Barbre, interim vice chancellor for Academic Affairs and associate professor of education, received this year's Award for Excellence in Research. This award recognizes excellence in research and/or creative work by a full-time faculty member over a sustained period of time.

Julien Simon, associate professor of World Languages and Cultures and coordinator for Study Abroad, received the Distinguished Research Award. This award recognizes distinguished research and/or creative work by a full-time faculty member over a sustained period of time (10 years or more).

Deborah Miller, assistant professor of psychology, received the Progress Award for New Faculty. This award is given to faculty to acknowledge their contributions to teaching, research and service.

Tanya Perkins, assistant professor of English, received the Teacher Scholar Award. This award recognizes faculty work with undergraduate research and/or creative activity.

Terri Hardy, adjunct instructor of sociology, received the Part Time Faculty Award. This award recognizes excellence in teaching by a part-time faculty member.

IU East also recognized four faculty members who are grant recipients for research projects and course development.

Andrea Quenette, assistant professor of communication studies, received the Erwin and Priscilla Boschmann Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Grant.

David Kim, lecturer of criminology, received the Center for Faculty Development Faculty Fellowship for 2019.

Evans and Miller received the Chancellor's Community Engagement Course Development Grant..

David Bane, mailroom specialist for the Office of Physical Facilities, received the Support Staff Council Service Award.

Nichole Mann, coordinator of advising and nursing student services for the School of Nursing and Health Sciences, received the Professional Council Service Award.

Staff Recognition Awards

Nicole Mann and David Bane received outstanding support staff member and professional staff member awards.

Faculty Recognition

Faculty were recognized for excellence in teaching during the Faculty and Staff Recognition celebration. Front row (left to right): Brian Brodeur, Chancellor Kathy Cruz-Uribe, Margaret Thomas Evans, Executive Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs Michelle Malott, Deborah Miller and David Kim. Back Row (left to right): Gloria Dixon, Shelly Burns, Josh Tolbert, Jay Barbre, Julien Simon, Wazir Mohamed, Beth Trammell and Terri Hardy.


Student Research Day Award Winners

Student Research Day featured the work of students at Indiana University East on March 29.

The presentations included an independent scholarship from courses, independent studies, summer research programs, Honors Program projects, and creative endeavors.

Award winners received $100 for first place, $75 for second and $50 for third. Winners this year were:

Poster Presentations

  • Savannah Lynch, Somerville, Ohio, "Phototropic Response in Arabidopsis Thaliana"
  • MacKenzie Philpot, Richmond, Indiana, "Puerto Rico"
  • Abigail Weber, Richmond, Indiana, "Abuse of a Corpse"

Oral Presentations

  • Kassy Smith, Liberty, Indiana, "La Muerte Mexicana: Como Agua Para Chocolate"
  • Carla Carey, Bloomington, Indiana, "Transformative Learning in Worldschooling Blogs"
  • Heidi Klein, New Paris, Ohio, "A Place for the Canon"

Honors Presentations

  • Breanna Nowak, Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, "Changes in Gene Expression in Drosophila Melanogaster upon Exposure to Lindane"
  • Alicia Thompson, Richmond, Indiana, "Molecular Dynamics Simulation Methods & Nuclear Quantum Effects"
  • Garrett Hadler, Carthage, Indiana, "What Defines Friendship in Middle Earth" 


IU East to present honorary degrees to Craig Kinyon, Charlie Nelms

IU East to present honorary degrees to Craig Kinyon, Charlie Nelms

For Immediate Release
April 1, 2019

Richmond, Ind. - Indiana University East will present Indiana University Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters to Craig Kinyon and Charlie Nelms during its 48th Commencement Ceremony on Friday, May 10.

Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie will confer the honorary degrees at the ceremony.

The honorary degree, the highest academic recognition Indiana University can bestow, is awarded to individuals who demonstrate the highest standards of personal integrity and sincere concern for the public good. In addition, candidates for the honorary degree generally have significant ties to the state of Indiana or to Indiana University. Through this high honor, IU seeks to recognize individuals who may serve as role models for students, faculty, alumni and the people of the state of Indiana.

IU East Chancellor Kathy Cruz-Uribe said it will be an honor to present Kinyon and Nelms with the honorary degrees.

"IU East is fortunate to have both Craig and Charlie contribute their expertise and leadership to the campus and region," Cruz-Uribe said. "Both of these men are deserving of the highest honor we can bestow for their individual efforts to improve the quality of life for residents in the region and for students pursuing their academic degrees at IU East."

Kinyon is the president/CEO of Reid Health, the region's largest employer. The hospital provides clinical experiences for IU East nursing students, internship opportunities, is a partner in providing education rotations for IU School of Medicine third- and fourth-year clerkship students. Under Kinyon's leadership, Reid Health has supported numerous campus projects such as the completion of the Student Events and Activities Center as well as the purchase of simulation for the nursing program.

He is an active member of the IU East Board of Advisors. Kinyon serves on the Preble County Development Partnership board as treasurer, Vizient Central board as chair, and he is vice president of the Crossroads Health Services Reciprocal board. He is a board member of the Earlham College Community Partnership, West End Bank, Indiana Chamber of Commerce, the Tecumseh Health Reciprocal Risk Retention Group. He is also a member of Richmond's Alliance for Strategic Growth, Forward Wayne County, American Hospital Association, Indiana Hospital Association, Indiana Rural Health Association, American Institute of CPAs and Indiana CPA Society.

Kinyon has received honors for his leadership role at Reid Health, including an American Hospital Association's Grassroots Champion Award, which recognizes hospital leaders who most effectively educate elected officials on how major issues affect the hospital's vital role in the community. He also received the Indiana Hospital Association's Distinguished Service Award.

Kinyon received his B.A. in Accounting from Grove City College, Grove City, Pennsylvania.

Nelms is Chancellor Emeritus of IU East and has provided years of extensive service to Indiana University.  He served IU East as its third chancellor and a professor of education from 1987-1994.

In addition, Nelms served IU for more than 20 years in numerous capacities, including associate dean for academic affairs and chief student affairs officer at IU Northwest, vice president for institutional development and student affairs at IU Bloomington, and professor of higher education.

From 2007 to 2012, he served as the chancellor of North Carolina Central University in Durham, North Carolina. Currently, Nelms is a higher education consultant who provides expertise in leadership, intuitional effectiveness, strategic planning and diversity and inclusion.

He has also provided tremendous volunteer leadership to local, state and national organizations. He currently serves as a Trustee for the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation and as a member of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute STEM Advisory Committee.

Nelms has previously received honorary degrees from Earlham College in 1993 and the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff in 2001. He has also received the Distinguished Alumni Award from both Indiana University and the IU School of Education, the State of Indiana Sagamore of the Wabash and the American Association of Blacks in Higher Education Delaney Distinguished Leadership Award. In 2012, President Obama honored Nelms with the MLK Drum Major for Service Award for helping to address the most pressing needs of our communities and nation.

Nelms received his Master of Science in Higher Education and Student Affairs and his Ed.D. in Higher Education Administration from IU. He received his bachelor's degree in agronomy and chemistry from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.


Craig Kinyon

Craig Kinyon

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Charlie Nelms

Charlie Nelms

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Boys & Girls Club, Jennifer Feaster, Receives National Honor

Jennifer Feaster, a 15 year member of the management team at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne County (BGCWC), has been selected by Boys & Girls Clubs of America Professional Association as the national Professional of the Year

Feaster has developed significantly over the course of her time with the organization, creating impact along the way. Feaster began as the administrative assistant, taking over financial operations, and adding more responsibilities over time including supervising the marketing and technology departments.

Currently with these and additional responsibilities, she is the Director of Financial Administration. This is a crucial position that ensures fiscal responsibility to donors and grantors. Feaster also serves a direct liaison to the 40+ member board of directors and chairs or serves as the staff member for the organization's marketing, resource development, and special events committees. She is the “go-to” for most employees needing direction on fiscal, human resource, and marketing guidance.

Feaster's drive to get things done effectively at a high quality level permeates into the management team and among the Boys & Girls Club board of directors, driving others to maintain a standard of excellence. Her dynamic energy and strong community connections aid in acquiring new donors and resources to support the growing budget that once supported the two Clubs when she began her career in the Movement and now sustains five Clubs in the organization.


ATHENA Leadership Award and Young Professionals Leadership Award

ATHENA Leadership Award®, Young Professional Leadership Award nominations accepted through April 26

Richmond, Ind. - The deadline to submit nominations for this year's ATHENA Leadership Award® and the ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award is 5 p.m. on Friday, April 26.

The ATHENA Leadership Award® will be presented to an exemplary leader who has achieved excellence in their business or profession, served the community in a meaningful way and, most importantly, actively assisted women to achieve their full leadership potential. The event recognizes women leaders who motivate, inspire and create positive change in the community. Previous award recipients include Mary Jo Clark, Jackie Carberry, Kim Poinsett, Angie Dickman and Janice Buhl-Macy.

The ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award actively supports and celebrates the ATHENA mission of supporting, developing and honoring women leaders, inspiring women to achieve their full potential-creating balance in leadership worldwide. ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Nominees are 18-35 years age. Nominees are emerging women leaders who demonstrate excellence, creativity and initiative in their business or profession.  Provides valuable service to improve the quality of life for others in their community. Clearly serves as a role model for young women both personally and professionally. The first recipient of the award was Jessie Pilewski.

Nomination forms are available at

The awards will be presented at the annual dinner at 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 27, 2019, at Forest Hills Country Club, located at 2169 South 23rd St. in Richmond, Ind.

Founded in 1982, ATHENA International is a women's leadership organization that supports, develops and honors women leaders through the programs it administers. ATHENA's flagship program, the ATHENA Leadership Award® Program, has honored over 6,250 women leaders from hundreds of cities and eight countries since its inception. The program is facilitated locally by Wayne Bank and Indiana University East, licensed ATHENA host organizations. Nominations are sought throughout the community and recipients are selected by a diverse group of community leaders based on the criteria above.

ATHENA Leadership Award® recipients hail from all professional sectors. The award's rich history, international scope and emphasis on mentorship make this award unique and amongst the most prestigious leadership awards, one can receive.

Wayne Bank and IU East are honored to bring this award to Wayne County. ATHENA Leadership Award® recipients are presented a hand-cast, bronze and crystal sculpture that symbolizes the strength, courage and wisdom of ATHENA recipients.

Local sponsorship is provided by Wayne Bank and Indiana University East. Event proceeds will equally benefit the Women's Fund of Wayne County and Girls, Inc.

To RSVP, visit or contact JoAnn Spurlock, assistant vice president at Wayne Bank, at (765) 259-0209 or or Paula Kay King, director of Gift Development at IU East, at (765) 973-8331 or


The Model T Museum Welcomes Noah Bevington to their Team!



The Model T Museum is excited to announce that Noah Bevington joined our staff as a Museum Docent, which is a fancy name for Tour Guide. The Museum is Trip Advisors #1 Things to Do in Richmond for two years straight, so if you haven’t been there yet, you need to!  Our great Docents provide fun and interesting tour experiences for one person or 50. In addition to leading tours, Noah will also be handling the Museum’s social media including coverage this summer of an event called the Ocean to Ocean tour that will follow a local Model T member on the recreation of a 1909 event called the Great Race.  More on that to come!  Plan to visit the Model T Museum and visit with Noah. 


ATHENA Leadership Award

The Award

ATHENA Leadership Award® recipients are presented a hand-cast, bronzed and crystal sculpture that symbolizes the strength, courage, and wisdom of Athena recipients. The Wayne County recipient will be invited to join the ATHENA Leadership Award® Recipients and other leaders at a national ATHENA International Women’s Leadership Conference. 
The award’s rich history, international scope, and emphasis on mentorship make this award unique and amongst the most prestigious leadership awards, one can receive. 

ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award

The ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award actively supports and celebrates the ATHENA mission of supporting, developing and honoring women leaders, inspiring women to achieve their full potential—creating balance in leadership worldwide.

Selection Criteria

Recipients are deemed to be exemplary leaders who have achieved excellence in their business or profession, served the community in a meaningful way and, most importantly, actively assisted women to achieve their full leadership potential. 
Nominations are sought throughout the community and recipients are selected by a diverse group of community leaders.



"Disney's Approach to Business Excellence"

Disney's Approach to Business Excellence is coming to Richmond, Friday, April 26, at Indiana University East.

"Disney's Approach to Business Excellence" is a professional development course, sponsored by Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce, presented by Disney Institute.

Visit to register with the Chamber and discover Disney's Approach to Business Excellence.

This course has given leaders in finance, health care, transportation, retail, and many more business sectors, a competitive edge. Explore the time-tested business philosophies that have positioned Disney as a world leader in customer experience, leadership, culture, brand, and innovation.


Andrea Stuckey-Featured Board Member of the Month!


This month, we'd like to recognize Andrea Stuckey, as featured Board Member of the Month!

Andrea has been on the EIHRA Board since December 2016 serving as the Certification Director. She has been a SHRM Member and a Chapter Member since 2014. She has also served on the Western Wayne Dollars for Scholars board as the Secretary since 2010, and previously served as the Treasurer on Western Wayne Elementary School PTO for five years.

Andrea works for Johns Manville, as HR Manager, supporting two locations, Richmond, IN and Richmond, VA. Prior to working for Johns Manville, she was the Family Pride Manager/Human Resources Manager for Richmond Baking Company. She received the SHRM-CP certification in 2016.

Andrea is marreid to Michael and they have two amazing children, Olivia and Evan. She enjoys traveling, cooking, working out, supporting the kids with their activities, and spending time with loved ones.

Andrea says "I’ve really enjoyed serving on the EIHRA board and developing friendships with the other officers. I appreciate being a part of an organization that brings quality speakers to Richmond and provides continuing education credits."

We want to thank Andrea for her participation on the EIHRA Board and we look forward to continuing to work with her in the future!






Richmond, IN—VanVleet Insurance is pleased to announce Valerie Huffman has been certified as an Agribusiness and Farm Insurance Specialist (AFIS®). This insurance certification recognizes specialized expertise in the fundamentals of agribusiness and farm risk management and insurance.


 “The AFIS program has helped us show our clients and prospects that we understand their most important, and specific insurance needs,” said Brad VanVleet, President.   “Now Valerie Huffman has further strengthened our agency with the specialized knowledge necessary to provide superior risk management and insurance advice and service to our clients.”


The AFIS continuing education program is a specialized curriculum consisting of five self-paced courses presented entirely online. Only those who complete these courses and maintain their knowledge with an ongoing continuing education program are entitled to display the AFIS certification to attest to their knowledge of construction insurance. For more information about the AFIS continuing education program and certification, visit  


IU East to host two Legislative Forums in March

IU East to host two Legislative Forums in March

Richmond, Ind. - Indiana University East will host a Legislative Forum from 8-9 a.m. on Friday, March 1, in the Whitewater Hall Lobby. The forum provides an opportunity for the community to have an in-person discussion with Senator Jeff Raatz and Representatives Tom Saunders and Brad Barrett.

The Legislative Forum is free and open to the public.

The second Legislative Forum of the month will be held from 8-9 a.m. on Friday, March 22, in the Whitewater Hall Lobby.

During the Legislative Forums, each elected official will give opening remarks on the 2019 session of the Indiana General Assembly and any legislation of interest. The forum will then be opened for a question-and-answer period with the audience, moderated by Mengie Parker, associate dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences.

For more information, contact Terry Wiesehan, IU East director of Alumni Relations, at (765) 973-8221 or



Statavize Consulting Welcomes Alexis Warren to their Team

Lauralee Hites and Ashley Sieb of Stratavize Consulting would like to welcome their newest employee Alexis Warren.  Alexis Warren is from Long Island, New York, but lives in Richmond, IN while attending Earlham College. She is a student-athlete studying Environmental Sustainability and Political Science. If you don't find Alexis on the field, taking a nap, or in class, you can find her serving the community. She is passionate about the outdoors, taking care of her puppies, and overall just enjoying life. A fun fact about Alexis is that she collects keychains and has over 100 to date. Alexis is excited to learn and grow with the Stratavize team and can't wait to get to work.   We feel lucky to have Alexis joining us as Operations Support where she will help ensure we deliver a great experience to our clients.  Welcome Alexis to the Stratavize Team!


West End Bank Employee of the Quarter for 4th quarter 2018

West End Bank is pleased to announce that Sales and Service Manager Katie Alyea has been selected as our Employee of the Quarter for 4th quarter 2018!

Serving our customers with dignity and respect, displaying a positive attitude, going the extra mile, and investing in our community are just a few of the qualities Katie Alyea brings to West End Bank. Katie ensures that her customers come first and receive the best service possible. She takes the time to learn about her customers and works diligently to find the right products and services to best meet their needs. Katie works to make the transition to a new bank a seamless process by taking the opening process to the customer. She also gives back to our community by serving on several boards and committees. She is helpful, caring, resourceful and always willing to lend a helping hand. Katie displays a strong commitment to excellence and to making West End Bank the best. Congratulations, Katie!


Reid Family Health will be moving in December

“Reid Family Health will close at noon on December 14th from the 1250 Chester Blvd location and re-open on December 17th at its newly remodeled 1471 Chester Blvd Location.”


Richmond Vista Investment Partners WELCOMES Ashtyn Brown

Richmond, IN - Ashtyn Brown recently joined Vista Investment Partners, located at 2519 East Main Street, Suite 203, Richmond, Indiana according to Managing Partner Brett Guiley.  Ashtyn grew up in Richmond IN and is the daughter of Steve Brown and Kerri Ingram Brown. Ashtyn is a graduate of Richmond High School and University of Indianapolis.

“I am pleased to welcome Ashtyn to the Vista family,” said Guiley. “Adding Ashtyn is another indicator that we’re attracting some of the very best to the industry and is further proof of Vista Investment Partners commitment to client service.” Ashtyn will be working closely with Sarah Peacock, our operations manager. 

Ashytn lives in Richmond and enjoys playing golf and spending time training her newly adopted pound puppy.  She is passionate about giving back and making an impact thru Riley Children’s hospital and the Central Indiana First Tee program. 


Western Wayne News Won Two First-Place Awards


Western Wayne News won two first-place awards in its first time entering the Hoosier State Press Association Foundation’s annual contest for Indiana newspapers. 


Reporter, designer and assistant editor Millicent Martin Emery won a first place in the Best News Coverage with No Deadline Pressure category for her multiple-part series on Wayne County’s opioid epidemic. She also has written additional stories about the impact of local drug abuse for Western Wayne News’ sister paper, Nettle Creek Gazette. 


Judges also named her series one of six finalists in Indiana’s Story of the Year category that included all the state’s newspapers of any size, but it did not win that award. 


Contributing reporter Rachel Sheeley won a first place in the Best Short Feature Story category for her story about the 50th anniversary of Richmond’s downtown explosions in 1968 that killed 41 residents. 

Sheeley interviewed family members of some of the victims, who reflected upon their memories of that day and what they remember about their loved ones.  


VanVleet Insurance welcomes Kyle Dafler to the team


Please join us in welcoming Kyle Dafler to the VanVleet Insurance team.  Kyle Dafler has worked in voluntary for over 14 years and holds his accident and health license.  He graduated from Indiana University with a degree in business, in 2004.  He is passionate about our community, and is looking forward to being able to serve the Richmond area.  Kyle resides in Richmond with his wife Laura and their two daughters, Kate and Julia.  They are members of Fountain City Wesleyan Church, where he also serves on the board.



Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce Announces Career Exploration Initiative

The Chamber partners with More Than Words to engage students with local employers

The Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce’s Business Education Committee is announcing a new program. The Career Exploration Initiative is in partnership with More Than Words and is focused on helping middle school students engage with local employers.

Each month students will get a unique look at Wayne County employers in various industries with a focus on one specific employability skill that pairs with the More Than Words word of the month. For example, during the month of August, students learned about wisdom (More Than Words) and decision making (employability skill) by watching a video designed and created by students at DOT Foods. In September, the video took a better look at initiative (More Than Words) and work ethic (employability skill) while hearing interviews from Roger Richert from the Richmond Furniture Gallery. The featured videos are filmed, produced and edited by students from the community. Each month the middle school educators will receive the videos along with a pre-built curriculum. Links to the August and September videos are provided below.

Link to the August video at Dot Foods.

Link to the September video at Richmond Furniture Gallery.

The Chamber, More Than Words, and the Business Education Committee are excited to develop a program that focuses on career exploration for middle school students. Businesses who are interested in joining the program can reach out to Roxie at Each month, the Chamber will share the words and videos with our members in hopes that they will share this content with their employees and on their social media pages. Together, we can make Wayne County a place where people love to live, work and play.

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



First recipient of Venus Williams Tennis Scholarship is a first-year Red Wolf

Thais Mendez

Richmond, Ind. - Thais Mendez is the first recipient of the Venus Williams Tennis Scholarship.

The scholarship, named after distinguished IU East alumna and accomplished professional tennis player Venus Williams, was endowed by Larry and Jane Richards.

Mendez is from Viña del Mar, Chile. She is a junior business administration major.

"This scholarship certainly means a lot to me as a tennis player and as a student," Mendez said. "First, to receive a scholarship that has the name of a great tennis player is incredible, and at the same time to know that she studied here at this university, makes it even better. This scholarship helps me to finance extra things for the university so it is a great support since everything here tends to be more expensive than in my country. I am very grateful to IU East for granting me this scholarship."





First Bank of Richmond Congratulates Austin Schultz

First Bank Richmond

Austin Schultz, Vice President Commercial Lending, recently graduated from Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin. He earned a Graduate Degree in Banking and a Certificate of Executive Leadership.



Cutting Edge Physical Therapy Introduces New Physical Therapist


IU East welcomes largest incoming class




IU East welcomes largest incoming classStudents walk across the IU East campus.

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

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

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

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

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

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