Old National Bank – Tools for Schools

Help Old National Donate School Supplies

Tools for SchoolTogether, we can make sure that every child starts this school year on the right foot. Thanks to your generosity, thousands of children will receive the school supplies they need to concentrate on what matters most – learning.

How Can You Help?

Stop by any Old National Bank branch by July 24 to donate NEW school supplies to kids in need.

Shopping List Suggestions:

  • Backpacks for all ages
  • Highlighters, colored pencils and markers
  • Pens and pencils
  • Calculators
  • Binders, spiral notebooks and folders
  • Protractors, rulers and compasses
  • Glue and scissors
  • Combination locks
  • Gift cards (e.g. fast food, shoe and clothing stores)

Countless area children will go to school this fall without basic school supplies, unless we help. Together, we can make sure that every child starts this school year off on the right foot.

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Looking for other ways to help?

Spread the word
Please use the following tools to spread the work amongst your friends and family.
Tools for Schools Flyer
Tools for Schools Facebook Post
Tools for Schools Twitter Post
Tools for Schools E-mail

Hold a mini collection drive
Hold a drive at your workplace, church, school or meeting hall and drop off your supplies at your nearest Old National Bank branch

Amazon Wish List
Donations can also be made virtually via an Amazon Wish List benefitting Teachers’ Treasures.
Teachers’ Treasures provides classroom materials for use in public, private, parochial and charter schools, grades K-12, to schools in Marion County and surrounding areas with 40% or more of the student population on the free or reduced Federal lunch program.




Indiana Bicentennial Medal Design Competition



Entry Deadline: 6/29/15

Indiana will celebrate its 200th anniversary of statehood in 2016. To honor this historic anniversary, the State will release a commemorative collector medal. The Indiana Bicentennial Commission, assisted by the staff of the Indiana Arts Commission, seeks an artist to create the obverse design (heads) for the Indiana Bicentennial commemorative medal. The work will be reflective of Indiana’s 200 years of history. The State Seal will be represented on the reverse of the medal.

The winning artist will receive a $5,000 cash award for their design!

Click here to download the Indiana Bicentennial Medal Design Contest Guidelines.

The application and artwork must be submitted by the deadline: Monday, June 29, 2015, 4:30 p.m. EDT. The application must be submitted through www.callforentry.org. Applicants will need to visit www.callforentry.org and create an account before uploading their application.

No more than one application per applicant will be accepted. To enter, you must be:

  • A permanent, legal resident of Indiana, age 18 years or older.
  • Applicant must be willing to work with the committee, should the committee wish for changes to the drawing.
  • Applicant must be willing to meet project deadlines.

Purdue, Vincennes propose partnership to boost Southern Indiana engineering education

A partnership program in which the final two years of a Purdue University bachelor’s degree in engineering may be offered on Vincennes University campuses was announced Friday (April 10) by Purdue and Vincennes. The program is a partnership among Vincennes, Purdue’s College of Engineering at West Lafayette and the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology at IUPUI.

Designed to attract both traditional full-time students and working professionals from the southwest Indiana area, the program would involve a hybrid mix of distance education, traditional classroom learning, internships and co-ops and would expose students to the strong and varied industries in southwest Indiana.

“Growing the number of engineering graduates is one of our most important and strategic objectives at Purdue,” President Mitch Daniels said. “Ensuring that the workforce in every corner of Indiana is meeting the needs of the region is a cornerstone of our land-grant mission.”

Vincennes University President Dick Helton said, “This partnership continues the long and successful relationship we have had with Purdue University. It will provide tremendous benefits for southwest and south central Indiana and its thriving industrial base. Great opportunities await the graduates of these programs. ”

Leah Jamieson, dean of the Purdue College of Engineering, noted that Purdue’s highly ranked and respected engineering college, as a part of the Purdue Moves initiative, has a strategic objective to increase the number of enrolled students in West Lafayette by 1,500 and add an additional 107 faculty members.

“As we grow our engineering programs on the West Lafayette campus, it’s also important to extend our educational reach across the state. The proposed partnership builds on the articulation agreements that enable Vincennes students to continue their education in engineering at Purdue, but adds the flexibility to do so in southwest Indiana,” Jamieson said. “From a practical standpoint, educating more engineers through this program will be a benefit to southern Indiana and the employers based there.”

“We are thrilled to see this partnership between two highly reputable schools in our state, Purdue University and Vincennes University. With the high demand for engineering and skilled maintenance positions, this is a great option to help build our future workforce as well as offer another option for our team members to further their education,” said Norm Bafunno, president of Toyota Indiana. “I believe this new program and partnership will add so much to our community, making Indiana a great place to live and work.”

Under the proposal, faculty hired by Vincennes and approved by Purdue would teach courses at the Vincennes, Gibson County and Jasper campuses, and the universities would pay proportional shares of faculty salaries. Vincennes and Purdue’s College of Agriculture have partnered since 1957.

The proposal must be endorsed by the engineering faculty and the trustees of both universities and would be subject to approval from the Indiana Commission for Higher Education.

Sources: Duane Chattin, VU Director of Public Information, 812-888-4164dchattin@vinu.edu,
Brian Zink, Purdue Senior Director of News and Information, 765-404-9290bzink@purdue.edu,
Julie Rosa, Purdue AVP Strategic Communications, 765-494-2036jrosa@purdue.edu,
Karen E. Johnston, Toyota External Affairs, 812-387-2122Karen.johnston@tema.toyota.com


Junior Achievement Hosts Innovation Challenge Business Competition

[Evansville, Indiana] – Junior Achievement of Southwestern Indiana will host their first Innovation Challenge event Saturday, April 11, 2015 at Ivy Tech Community College. Innovation Challenge is an opportunity for students to strengthen their entrepreneurial skills. Throughout an in-class program, a JA Volunteer guided students as they developed a start-up enterprise and business plan and learned how to conduct market research and identify and leverage competitive advantages. During the final classroom session, judges selected a winning business to compete in the Innovation Challenge event on April 11th.

Approximately 20 schools from throughout five counties within JASWIN’s service area will be represented at the event which is sponsored by Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Indiana and Vuteq. A preliminary round of competition will begin at 9:00am. A roundtable discussion involving local entrepreneurs: Vicki Wiederkher, John Dunn, Bill Gillenwater, Amjad Manna and Blake Kollker will take place at 12:00pm. The top five teams will present their business plan at a final competition starting at 12:30pm.

All participating students in attendance at Innovation Challenge will be eligible for $50,000 worth of scholarships from the University of Evansville, University of Southern Indiana, and Ivy Tech Community College. Cash prizes will be awarded to the winning teams selected for their business plan along with other specialized group awards. For more information, please contact Stacy Carr at 812.568.1407 or stacy.carr@ja.org.

About Junior Achievement of Southwestern Indiana (JASWIN)

Junior Achievement of Southwestern Indiana provides in-school and afterschool programs for students which focus on three key content areas: work readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy. The organization’s purpose is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy. The mission of the organization is to ensure that every child in their service territory has fundamental understanding of the free enterprise system. JASWIN serves 11 counties and nearly 23,000 students in Southwestern Indiana and Southeastern Illinois and began in 1964. For more information, visit www.jaswin.org.

About Junior Achievement USA® (JA)

Junior Achievement is the world’s largest organization dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future, and make smart academic and economic choices. JA programs are delivered by corporate and community volunteers, and provide relevant, hands-on experiences that give students from kindergarten through high school knowledge and skills in financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship. Today, JA reaches 4.2 million students per year in more than 120 markets across the United States, with an additional 5.8 million students served by operations in 120 other countries worldwide. Visit www.ja.org for more information.


Huntingburg Chamber of Commerce New Executive Director

Elizabeth Bartelt


Dear Chamber Member,

I wanted to take the time to introduce myself. I am Elizabeth Bartelt and I am the new Executive Director of the Huntingburg Chamber of Commerce. I am a 2009 Graduate of Southridge High School, I attended college at Herron of Art and Design on IUPUI campus and graduated in 2013 with a Bachelor in Fine Arts of Photography. I am engaged to my wonderful Fiancé, Chad Wertman and our wedding will be held this August. Along with being the new Executive Director, I am also the Head Coach of the Southridge Middle School Girls Track and Field Team and I also am one of the Chairman for the Huntingburg Herbstfest Puttin’ on the Hits Lip-sync Competition.

I am very excited to get started with all my duties and getting to know all of you. I believe that this is a chance to grow and expand in our communities and your businesses, with teamwork work from myself and all the members I know we can make your business and the Huntingburg Chamber of Commerce the best they can be.

Thank you and I look forward to working with all of you.


Elizabeth Bartelt


Cell: 812.827.4095

Office: 812.683.5699


Dubois Strong Commits $10,000 toward Mid-State Corridor


Dubois County, IN – Dubois Strong has committed $10,000 over a two year period to the Mid-State Corridor project, formerly called the Interstate 67 project. This venture would link Dubois County directly to Owensboro and Indianapolis, connecting the county via the proposed new road’s intersection with I-69.

Hank Menke, president and CEO of OFS Brands in Huntingburg, leader of the Mid-State Corridor group and named to the state’s Blue Ribbon Commission, said the funding will support the group’s efforts for the next two years and will be used for engineering work and studying possible ways to pay for the project, such as a tax, tolls or local government involvement.

“The Mid-State Corridor could benefit Dubois County in a big way. Studies show that communities within 10 miles of an interstate are more likely to bring in jobs than those that are not,” said Menke.

After the publication of the Cambridge Study in 2012, the Mid-State Corridor group had findings that indicated the corridor would greatly impact the local economy and address safety issues on U.S. 231. The corridor would use the improved U.S. 231 and then connect to I-69 through the Mid-State Corridor.

The money will be used for pre-engineering work and design and bring in experts to determine how the road can be funded.

“This project would create so many possibilities,” said Ed Cole, president of Dubois Strong, “An interstate-quality northern route that enabled a direct connection to I-69 would be a logistics economic game changer for Dubois County, Southern Indiana, and areas of Northern Kentucky. The decision to support this venture stems from the potential to foster greater economic growth and strengthen the county’s competitive position, summarizing the entire mission of our organization’s strategic plan.”

Dubois Strong, the county’s economic development organization, is a public-private partnership devoted to fostering economic growth to drive retention and expansion of existing local business while attracting new employers and supporting entrepreneurs, thereby strengthening the county’s competitive position and generating prosperity for all residents.


Garden Gate Festival: Jazz, Art, Wine, and Craft Beer

Garden Gate Type 2015

Embrace the sounds of JAZZ pouring through the air in Huntingburg, Indiana during the Garden Gate Festival, taking place on Saturday, April 18.

Now in its fourth year, the Garden Gate Festival returns once again to feature Jazz, Art, Wine, and Craft Beer as well as some new additions.

The Garden Gate festivities begin at 8 a.m. eastern time (ET) on Saturday, April 18 with the Huntingburg Kiwanis Car Show. Be sure to make plans to see classic and antique cars lined up on Huntingburg’s Historic 4th Street. Awards for the car show will be presented at 1:15 p.m. ET.

This fun-filled day continues as individuals put on their running shoes and join in on the “Walk for Wishes” 5K and 10K, beginning along Huntingburg 4th Street. Proceeds for this run/walk benefits the Make a Wish Foundation.

At 11 a.m., browse 25 different artisan booths with the Beehive Art Market. This is a hand-selected, juried art market that will feature superlative items. The art market takes place behind the Old Town Hall located on Geiger Street and just steps away from Huntingburg’s Historic Fourth Street. The Beehive Art Market will continue well into the evening and will be joined with food, wine, craft beer, and jazz music. Hungry? Along with the art market, delicious local and regional food booths will open up at 11 a.m. and feature a wide variety of snacks and entrees. The sweet aromas will make mouths water.

For those that are 21 and older, purchase a $10 bracelet to partake in wine and craft beer sampling and purchases. Wine enthusiasts will be overjoyed with the ten Indiana wineries in attendance, including Blue Heron Winery, Best Vineyards , Cedar Creek Winery, Ertel Cellars, Madison County Winery, Monkey Hollow Winery, Pepper Ridge, Quibble Winery, Windy Know Winery,  and Winzerwald Winery. Wine will be available to be purchased by the bottle. Craft Beer lovers will be happy to hear that ten different craft beers will be available, including Basket Case Busta Nut Brown Ale, Basket Case Milk Stout, Carson’s Red Dawn Amber Wheat, Carson’s Oatmeal Stout, Quaff On! Hare Trigger IPA, Quaff On! American Blonde Ale, Tin Man Circuit Bohemian Pilsner, Tin Man Rivet Irish Red Ale, and plus 2 more selections from Dubois County Suds Club. 12 oz. craft beer pulls will be available for $3.00 a piece.

While all this is taking place, a wonderful line up of jazz ensembles will be featured on the stage. The first Jazz ensemble begins at 12:30 p.m. ET with Jeff Sherman Trio. Jeff Sherman has spent his entire life in music and served as director of jazz studies and teaches jazz and classical guitar at Bellarmine University. As a jazz and classical guitarist, he has a long performance career including a tour with Marvin Gaye and the Saints. He also has performed with people such as Liza Minnelli , Ella Fitzgerald, Liz Menial, and Bob Hope as well in jazz festivals across Europe and the US and performing with the Louisville Orchestra. The Jeff Sherman Trio can be seen in many venues in the Louisville area.

At 2:00 p.m. ET, welcome the original stylings of Small Time Napoleon on the stage. Recently listed as one of Louisville’s 5 Best Local Acts, Small Time Napoleon are accomplished musicians in their own right. They’ve combined their affection for harmony, curiosity of rhythm, and fascination with the tunes of the past to create a unique musical experience. With artists like Tom Waits, Elvis Costello, Rufus Wainwright, and John Prine in mind they’ve recently written, recorded, and released their debut EP which has received positive feedback from listeners and critics alike. This band is poised for big things in the future.

At 4:15 p.m. ET, Bobby Falk Group takes the stage with progressive and contemporary jazz/soul music. Bobby Falk is a drummer and percussionist, composer, band leader, and educator.  He received his Bachelor of Arts in Jazz Studies (Percussion emphasis) from the University of Louisville School of Music in 2005, which included jazz studies abroad in Brazil, and performance experience/recording with Lew Soloff, Phil Woods, Curtis Fuller, Lionel Hampton, John Fedchock, Kenny Werner, Jimmy Heath, Jerry Coker, Bob Mintzer, Craig Wagner among others.  He is the leader of the Bobby Falk Group, which performs regularly throughout the region.

At 6:30 p.m. ET, Sophie Faught Music takes the stage. Tenor saxophonist Sophie Faught is an improviser, composer, bandleader, and teacher. Raised up by some of Indiana’s great jazz musicians and educators – Harry Miedema, Brent Walarab, Claude Sifferlen, Mark Buselli, and David Baker – Sophie speaks the jazz language with creativity, wit, passion, depth, and soul. Sophie’s music is mindful of tradition, without being held captive by it.

In between these Jazz ensembles, the award winning Jasper High School band will be performing.  Last year this band won 1st place at the Ball State University Dimensions in Jazz and awards for best trombone, best saxophone, and best lead trumpet.

For more information: www.gardengatefestival.com


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