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

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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.

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Huntingburg Chamber of Commerce New Executive Director

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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.

Sincerely,

Elizabeth Bartelt

e.bartelt@huntingburgchamberofcommerce.org

Cell: 812.827.4095

Office: 812.683.5699

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

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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.

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

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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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VU Jasper offering Lean 101 and MS Excel Training

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What does Lean Manufacturing have in common with MS Excel?

Maybe not a lot but they can make your operations more efficient.

Both are available this month through VUJC Continuing Education.
Call 812-481-5937 to register.

Lean 101: The Principles of Lean Manufacturing
Learn the principles of lean manufacturing and how to apply them during a
high energy, fast paced presentation with hands-on simulation activities.
Participants will learn what advanced manufacturing is all about, identify
the eight wastes in manufacturing, and ways to reduce them.
Lean 101 class is comprised of 1/2 day Lean Lego Airplane and 1/2 day of
Lean Culture and Change management.

Friday, April 10th.  Deadline to register is April 3rd.
8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Fee:   $220 includes materials and lunch
Facilitator:  Paul Johnson, Advanced Manufacturing Specialist, and Purdue
University Technical Assistance Program.

Excel Formulas and Functions
3-hour Workshop!  Get up to speed with the most widely used formulas and
functions.  Review formula basics and essential knowledge such as order of
precedence, absolute reference, Insert Function, and formula AutoComplete.
Use Named Ranges and 3D References to make your formulas easier to create
and understand.
Use Criteria IF functions for making decisions with multiple criteria and
then add logical functions for more specific results.  Nest functions
within each other for maximum computing power.
Select data from a table with VLOOKUP and understand the basics of Array
Formulas.

***Experience with Excel is required. You may Email questions and topic
suggestions to mscarpa@vinu.edu at least one week prior to class date.
Bring a flash drive if you would like to save the sample and information
files.
Friday, April 17th 9 am-12 Noon. Deadline to register is April 13th.
Instructor:  Maryla Scarpa, Adjunct faculty, Vincennes University Jasper
Campus.
Fee:  $39

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Junior Achievement of Southwestern Indiana Kicks off Financial Literacy Campaign

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Dollars Make Sense Campaign Raises Awareness of Junior Achievement Programs

During National Financial Literacy Month

 

Evansville, IN—April is National Financial Literacy Month. As a Junior Achievement pillar of success, Financial Literacy is a top priority for our organization. Junior Achievement of Southwestern Indiana has developed an awareness campaign that will coincide with Financial Literacy Month. The campaign, titled “Dollars Make Sense,” is sponsored by Old National Bank. The campaign will begin March 30, 2015 and will run through May 2, 2015. This is the second year that Junior Achievement and Old National Bank have partnered on program.

The time for financial literacy awareness is more important now than ever before. In a 2015 survey titled “Teens and Personal Finance” from Junior Achievement USA and The Allstate Foundation, 84 percent of teens report looking to their parents for information on how to manage money, but more than 34 percent of parents say their family’s approach to financial matters is to not discuss money with their children. The same survey also shows a clear disconnect between teens and parents and their thoughts on who is paying for college. Results show that 48 percent of teens think parents will help pay but only 16 percent of parents answered that they were planning on helping.

Participating Dollars Make Sense locations throughout JASWIN’s 11-county footprint will “sell” JA Dollars for a donation to Junior Achievement of Southwestern Indiana. The JA Dollar will have important tips on the back for parents and families to begin financial literacy discussions within the home. There is also a QR code on the back which will take individuals to the Junior Achievement of Southwestern Indiana website where they can access additional financial literacy information. Funds raised in each county will stay local to be used for JA programs within that community.

At Junior Achievement, we are committed to preparing students to own their economic success. We understand that preparing our youth to be financially literate is essential to their future success, which is why JA has developed relevant programs crafted to meet the needs of an ever-changing financial and economic environment. Junior Achievement programs help students set personal goals about money, make wise academic and financial choices, and develop work-readiness skills to prepare them for their future. Participation in JA provides students with the ability to build a foundation of financial security and career accomplishment that will benefit them for years to come.

“We are excited to partner with our sponsor, Old National Bank, as well as business and media partners to continue this important campaign in our communities,” said Theo Boots, President of Junior Achievement of Southwestern Indiana. “It is important for parents and teens have honest conversations about money management. Together as a family, it is essential to develop a plan for life after high school – whatever that looks like for your family. As an organization that strives to empower all young people to own their economic success, the Dollars Make Sense campaign will give parents the foundation on how to begin these discussions with their children, no matter their age.”

“At Old National Bank, we recognize the importance of financial education,” said Ben Joergens, Vice President of Old National Bank. “That’s why we are proud to continue our support of Dollars Make Sense.”

Participating Dollars Make Sense locations are available on the Junior Achievement of Southwestern Indiana website atwww.jaswin.org at the Dollars Make Sense tab under Events. Also made available are resources for parents and families to begin these important financial literacy discussions. Additionally, we have provided links to further tools, games and websites where kids and parents can learn more about financial literacy and the importance of this information to the future success of our youth.

About Junior Achievement of Southwestern Indiana (JASWIN)

Junior Achievement of Southwestern Indiana is celebrating 50 years of positively impacting the lives of local youth. 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 over 24,000 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 4.4 million students per year in 117 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.

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Greetings from Habitat for Humanity ReStore!

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Do you own or manage a business that has dated or obsolete inventory, or items that have incurred slight shipping damage and are not suitable for “new” sale?  Do you remove used furniture, excess building materials, or other items as a part of your customer service offering?  Many times these items still offer a good bit of useful life, yet are often destined for the landfill.  ReStore would like to help!  Businesses who donate these items to the Habitat for Humanity ReStore will benefit from a tax credit for charitable donations AND avoid disposal costs. One more thing… we will be happy to pick up the donation!

There are 3 main purposes for a ReStore:

1)  To provide additional funding to support the affiliates’ housing goals;

2)  To expand the affiliates’ opportunities to serve a broader base in the community by providing low-cost housing products, as well as other items at reasonable prices;

3)  To reduce construction and household materials from landfills and reuse items in order to protect the environment.

Proceeds from the ReStore are deposited directly in the building fund for Habitat for Humanity homes for deserving families. Your donation, big or small, can help make a family’s dream a reality. We even offer pick-up service. For questions about the ReStore call (812) 482-5909 or email info@duboishabitat.org.  You can also visit us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/DuboisReStore or visit our website: http://duboishabitat.org/restore

 

We accept the following:  
  Working Appliances   Furniture
  Cabinets   Doors
  Windows   Flooring/Carpeting
  Lighting Fixtures   Siding
  Roofing Materials   Lumber
  Tools   Brick and Block
  Heating and Cooling Units   Hardware
  Bathroom fixtures   Sports Equipment
  Household Furnishings and Home Decor

Please donate only items you feel are valuable to another person to reuse. We cannot accept:  food items, clothing, broken glass, or anything badly damaged.

Please help Habitat for Humanity in our mission to eliminate poverty housing in Dubois County!

 

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