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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!

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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.”

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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. 

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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.  

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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.

https://www.vanvleetinsurance.com/welcome-kyle-dafler-employee-benefits-specialist/

 

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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 Roxie@wcareachamber.org. 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 WCAreaChamber.org.

 

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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."

 

 

 

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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.

 

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Cutting Edge Physical Therapy Introduces New Physical Therapist

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IU East welcomes largest incoming class

 

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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.

 

 

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IU East's University College welcomes new director

Cherie Dolehanty

IU East's University College welcomes new director

For Immediate Release
August 22, 2018

Richmond, Ind. - Cherie Dolehanty is the new director of University College at Indiana University East. She will begin her role August 27.

University College is a department that provides support to first-year students and new online students through success coaching, advising, career planning, the First-Year Seminar, workshops, and other events.

As director of University College, Dolehanty will oversee programming and services for first-year students, online students, student-athletes, and international students with the goal of increasing the retention and success of these student populations. She will work collaboratively with other units across campus to ensure students receive a seamless, student-focused experience at IU East.

Dolehanty has been employed at IU East since January 2012 as an academic advisor for the School of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Previously, Dolehanty worked in higher education at Earlham College as an assistant director in the financial aid office and as the assistant vice president of business operations. She has also worked at Miami University in the Office of Residence Life as a first year advisor and for IU Bloomington as an area coordinator in Read Hall. She was an English teacher at Richmond High School from 2008-2011.

Dolehanty received her Master of Arts in Teaching from Earlham College and her Master of Science in College Student Personnel Administration from IU Bloomington. She received her Bachelor of Arts in English Composition and a minor in education from DePauw University.

 

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IU East's Class of 2022 is largest degree-seeking freshman class

The Class of 2022 is Indiana University East's largest and most diverse incoming class.

"Students are choosing IU East as a destination campus because they can have everything they want in their college experience right here in Richmond," Malott said. "We have a welcoming campus that provides top-quality academics, a dynamic campus life, and nationally recognized faculty. Plus, we're a very affordable option."

This fall's freshman class has 455 degree-seeking students enrolled for classes. The second largest freshman class was in 2014 with 413 freshman students enrolled.

On average, the members of the Class of 2022 are 18.8 years old. However, there is a range in the ages among freshman students. The youngest is 16 while the oldest is 45.

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Wayne Bank announces the promotion of Karen Mayse

Wayne Bank announces the promotion of Karen Mayse to Retail Operations Manager/Executive Administrative Assistant.

 

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IBA recognizes Alonzo Hernly Boyd Jr. as a Leader in Banking Excellence

 

The late Alonzo Hernly Boyd Jr., former president and chairman of the board of Wayne Bank and Trust Company, Cambridge City, was honored by the Indiana Bankers Association (IBA) as a Leader in Banking Excellence at an awards ceremony held on Aug. 3. He was represented at the ceremony by family members. The leadership award, initiated this year, recognizes exceptional bankers, past and present, who have positively impacted Indiana banks and the communities they serve. Along with Boyd, eight other members of the Indiana banking community were named to the inaugural class of Leaders in Banking Excellence.

 

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Wayne County Soil and Water Conservation District receives grant from Whitewater Valley REMC Community Trust, Inc.

                     

 

Liberty, IN – Wayne County Soil and Water Conservation District receives $500.00 from the Whitewater Valley REMC Community Trust.  This grant will be used to help fund “Conservation Days”, an event for 3rd & 4th grade students and their teachers to learn about agriculture, natural resources, safety, and much more outside the classroom.

 

Whitewater Valley REMC Community Trust Board Members Kevin Smith, Carol McQueen, and Bruce Cowen presented the check to Education Coordinator LuAnne Holeva on Monday, August 6, 2018. 

 

The Whitewater Valley REMC Community Trust, Inc. trustees meet quarterly on the fourth Monday of January, April, July, and October to review applications for grants.  Applications and information regarding the program can be found at www.wwvremc.com under Member Services and Operation Round UP.

 

About Whitewater Valley REMC

Whitewater Valley Rural Electric Membership Corporation is based in Liberty, Indiana.  The cooperative provides electricity to 9,708 residential, business and farm members in Dearborn, Franklin, Fayette, Randolph, Union, and Wayne counties

                                                      

 

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Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce Announces Staff Changes

Julie Jolliff joins as School Is Cool Coordinator

 

Richmond, IN.—The Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce that Julie Jolliff has joined the staff as School Is Cool Coordinator.

Julie Jolliff is a 2011 graduate from Indiana Wesleyan University. She received her bachelors in elementary education and then went on to teach 2nd and 3rd grades. She loved her experience in the classroom and working with fellow educators and families. As Julie and her husband, Mike, began planning for starting their own family, they both decided for Julie to stay connected with education, but on a part-time basis. Soon, Julie was hired as the District Manager of Junior Achievement (JA) of Eastern Indiana.

JA works to teach students K-12 about financial literacy, workforce readiness, and entrepreneurship. Under Julie’s leadership, the awareness of JA and the amount of classes served has grown throughout her three years with the non-profit. JA and the Chamber have formed a partnership (JA in a Day) that has been making a big impact on Wayne County seniors. As the new School is Cool coordinator, Julie hopes to strengthen partnerships with the chamber, schools, parents, and Wayne County families. She hopes to tackle absenteeism and develop a spirit of grit among students who will later enter the community’s workforce.

Melissa Vance, President and CEO of the Chamber, said, “We are pleased to have Julie join the Chamber team. She has been involved with our Business & Education Committee, so we have known her work ethic and attention to detail for quite some time. Because she is involved with the schools already through her position with Junior Achievement, I am confident the School Is Cool transition will be seamless.”

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 WCAreaChamber.org.

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Reid Peri-Operative Clinic CHANGE OF LOCATION

Beginning August 6th, patients being seen at the Reid Peri-Operative clinic will need to remember to come to the Medical Office Building on Reid Health’s Main Campus for their appointment. If there are any questions about the move, the Peri-Operative clinic can be reached at (765) 935-8914 up until August 6. After August 6 the clinic can be reached by calling (765) 935-8454.

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Meet Reid Health's New Cancer Team

On Friday, July 13 from 11am-1pm the Reid Cancer Center will host an OPEN HOUSE. Everyone is welcome to stop by and meet our new cancer care team. Attendance is free and refreshments and giveaways will be provided.

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Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce Announces Staff Changes

The Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce that Roxie Deer has joined the staff as Director of Programs and Events.
Roxie is a lifelong resident of Richmond and has served on the Chamber’s Business and Education Committee. Most recently, she has been a Student Success Coach and Counselor at IU East and previously served as an instructor and life coach at The Excel Center. She has a Master’s in Educational Leadership and an undergraduate degree in Sociology. Her event experience includes volunteer leadership positions with Youth As Resources, Liberty Acres United Animal Sanctuary, Reid BRAvo! and HYPE. Roxie has a true passion for community – especially Wayne County.
 

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Stasia Veramallay-Hodges joins Vista Investment Partners (formerly The Bartel, Guiley group of Raymond James)

Stasia Veramallay-Hodges has been serving the financial needs of individuals, professionals, business owners and their families for more than twenty years. 

Stasia grew up in Richmond, Indiana and attended Indiana University with a concentration in Political Science and Economics. 

She holds the Series 6, Series 7, Series 63 and Series 65 Securities licenses as well as a Life and Health Insurance license. Veramallay-Hodges holds the Series 6, Series 7, Series 63 and Series 65 Securities licenses as well as a Life and Health Insurance license. 

 

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Wayne Co Area Chamber Announces Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies

* April 24th      The Springs of Richmond      4:30pm      400 W Industries Rd, Richmond, IN

* April 26th      Ugly Mugs Taproom & Grill    5:00pm      129 East Main St., Centerville, IN

* May 9th        Neighborhood Health Center  2:00pm     101 South 10th St., Richmond, IN

* May 17th     Wernle Youth & Family Treatment Center 6:00 pm  2000 Wernle Road, Richmond, IN

 

Every month the Wayne County Area Chamber offers many different opportunities, including networking nights, educational workshops, business development seminars, ribbon cuttings for local business and so much more.   Chamber@WCAreaChamber.org 

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First Bank Richmond celebrates IU Day with $10,000 match

First Bank Richmond celebrated IU Day with a $10,000 matching gift opportunity for alumni and friends of the campus.

 

 

 

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First Bank Richmond matched – up to $500 per donor – up to $10,000 in total giving to the IU East campus Wednesday.

Now in its third year, IU Day is a 24-hour worldwide celebration of Indiana University - a binge-watching, social-sharing, IU-wearing, gift-giving IU extravaganza. First Bank Richmond has the tradition of celebrating IU Day each year with a matching gift.

In November 2017, First Bank Richmond announced a $375,000 gift to IU East that includes the matching gift for IU Day, plus support for the IU East arts program, Red Wolves’ athletics, scholarships, Campus Life programs and the School of Nursing and Health Sciences.

This is also Campus Campaign week for the university, the annual fundraising initiative among faculty and staff for important programs and scholarships on the IU East campus.



 

 

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Jason Blunk - Reid Health's April Ambassador of the month

 The April Reid Health Ambassador says his coworkers are like a second family – and he’s had a lot of time to get to know them even better over the past year and a half.

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Jason Blunk

In his lead role for the implementation of a new electronic medical record system just launched in March, Jason Blunk has spent numerous extra hours in his role as Systems Project Manager on the Information Services team. His leadership in the implementation of the new system sparked his Ambassador nominations. (more - https://www.reidhealth.org/press_release/april-reid-health-ambassador-sees-power-of-teamwork/)

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IU East Recognized Faculty for Research Projects and Course Development.

 

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

Amanda Kraha, assistant professor of psychology, received the Center for Teaching and Learning Fellow for 2018. Each year, the Center for Teaching and Learning offers one faculty fellowship in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL), providing faculty members with an opportunity to cultivate and share their knowledge, techniques, and information on a particular teaching topic.

Tanya Perkins, assistant professor of English, received the Erwin and Priscilla Boschmann Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Grant. The grant is made possible through the generous contribution of Erwin and Priscilla Boschmann. This award is offered annually to full?time faculty to support research in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) at IU East.

Three faculty members received the Chancellor’s Community Engagement Course Development Grant. Recipients are Robin Brunk, lecturer in nursing; LaDonna Dulemba, assistant professor of nursing; and Carrie Mier, assistant professor of criminology. The grant is designed to assist faculty as they develop new or modify preexisting courses based on the use of best practices in service-learning course design and assessment.

Awards were presented to an outstanding support staff member and professional staff member who have made significant contributions to IU East during the past year. Recipients of the Professional Council Service Award and the Staff Council Service Award are nominated by their peers.

Lori Johnson, degree audit specialist in the Office of the Registrar, received the Staff Council Service Award.The recipient of the IU East Staff Council Service Award is selected based on his/her attitude, commitment, teamwork, contribution, and inspiration to the mission, goals and strategic initiatives of IU East.

KT Lowe, coordinator of Library Instruction and Service Learning in the Campus Library, received the Professional Council Service Award. Professional Council Service Award recipients will have made a significant impact on IU East, as demonstrated through the areas of exemplary achievement and performance, excellence in customer service/personal interaction, outstanding education support/initiative and creativity.

 

 

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IU East presents Faculty and Staff Recognition Awards

Indiana University East presented several faculty and staff with awards during the Faculty and Staff Recognition ceremony held March 29.

Alisa Clapp-Itnyre, professor of English, is the recipient of the Distinguished Faculty Service Award. This award recognizes distinguished service—campus, community or professional, either one-time or sustained, by a full-time faculty member above and beyond the standard expectations of any compensation or release time provided for the service.

Gregory Dam, assistant professor psychology, received the Teaching Award for New Faculty. This award recognizes excellence in teaching by an untenured faculty member throughout their first four years at IU East.

LaDonna Dulemba, assistant professor of nursing, received the Helen Lees Award for Excellence in Teaching. The award was established in 1991. Professor Emeritus Lees passed away in 1992, but her spirit continues in this annual award to honor a full-time faculty member who has taught at least 10 semesters at IU East.

Edwina Helton, professor of English, received the Faculty Special Achievement Award. Helton is also the director of Graduate Programs in English and co-director of Women's and Gender Studies. 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.

Dianne Moneypenny, assistant professor and program coordinator for World Languages and Cultures, received the Progress Award for New Faculty. This award is given to faculty to acknowledge their contributions to teaching, research and service.

Katherine Miller Wolf, assistant professor of Anthropology, 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.

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