Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus hosted a dedication event to honor late professor Keith Klein on Jan. 25, the one-year anniversary of his passing. Classroom D206 in the Connie and Steve Ferguson Academic building was dedicated to honor his memory and legacy of giving. Friends, colleagues, and community associates from Ivy Tech, Indiana University, WTIU/WFIU, DeMolay, Kiwanis, and Rotary gathered for the event.
“Classroom D206 was ‘his’ classroom,” Chancellor Jennie Vaughan said. “Whenever he held a communication course, this was the room he reserved. It is an honor for us to remember our friend by dedicating it in his name.”
An inaugural Faculty Advisory Council Legacy Award was also presented, posthumously, which recognizes faculty who make extraordinary contributions to the Bloomington campus over a prolonged period of time.
SCCAP Thriving Connects Economic Stability Advisory Group develops connects with employers, educational institutions, and financial institutions to increase resources and strengthen overall economic stability of Thriving Connections participants.
ESAG meets once a month on the third Friday from 1:30-3:00pm.
For more information, contact: LindaP@insccap.org or visit http://www.insccap.org/pages/thrivingconnections
City crews will begin installing street signs denoting the new Eagleson Avenue name this week. Eagleson Avenue will officially become the new name for Jordan Avenue from Davis Street to 17th Street tomorrow, February 1.
The City’s Engineering Department has worked with the United States Postal Service, emergency service providers, utilities, and others. Due to the Omicron variant, a formal dedication will be held in the spring.
The new street name was recommended by a specially convened task force. It honors the Eagleson family, a prominent Black family in Bloomington for four generations whose members have made significant contributions to the city, university, state, and nation, starting with Halson Vashon Eagleson I (1851-1921), born a slave who came to Bloomington in the 1880s.
“Today, we celebrate and honor the significant contributions made by the Eagleson family to Bloomington and with this street name change we illustrate our community’s core values,” said Mayor John Hamilton. “I’d like to thank the task force members and City staff who worked so hard to make this happen.”
Remote Workers Fleeing Big Cities Get “Instant Raise”: Lower Cost of Living, Higher Quality of Life Fuel Exodus
Last fall, Taylor R., a senior designer for the Washington Post, and her husband, a contractor for National Geographic, packed up their bags and their cat and drove from Washington D.C. to their new home in Bloomington, Indiana. Taylor was one of 14 people accepted to Bloomington Remote, a remote worker recruitment program from The Mill, a nonprofit center for entrepreneurship and coworking.
See why remote workers are leaving traditional tech hubs: https://www.bloomingtonremote.com/
“When we started this program, we got a few raised eyebrows,” said Pat East, Executive Director of The Mill. “We don’t offer a cash incentive, and most remote worker programs are run through municipalities. But we’ve found that remote workers are hungry for creative and human connection. Our startup and cowork community makes it easier for transplants to feel at home.”
For Taylor and her husband, cost of living was a significant motivator. “Moving here was like getting an instant raise,” she told The Mill.
Stone Belt Board of Directors has named Bitta DeWees as its next chief executive officer. Leslie Green, Stone Belt’s current CEO will retire on April 1, 2022. DeWees was selected by the board’s search committee after a thorough selection process. She brings 31 years of experience with Stone Belt and the field of disability services to her new role.
“The depth of experience and working knowledge of the many services provided made Bitta DeWees the clear and unanimous choice for Stone Belt’s next leader,” said Board of Directors’ President Dan Lodge-Rigal. “She also brings with her an overarching concern for clients, their families, and staff.”
As chief operating officer for Stone Belt, DeWees currently oversees executive program directors and works closely with Stone Belt’s chief financial officer on developing budgets and ensuring the fiscal viability of revenue-generating programs. DeWees also coordinates with Stone Belt’s human resources director to assure staff are recruited, trained, developed, compensated, and evaluated.
DeWees has participated in many state committees to advance services for people with disabilities in Indiana and is a strong advocate at the state level for progressive public policies. She currently serves on the Indiana Association of People Supporting Employment First Board of Directors, the Indiana Association of Rehabilitation Facilities Training and Professional Development Committee, and Indiana’s Employment Leadership group.
In coordination with the Indiana Department of Health, IU Bloomington will host a mobile COVID-19 vaccination clinic this week at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall. The clinic is open to anyone 18 and older in the community.
Jan. 28 and 29
UPDATED: 28th Annual Soup Bowl Benefit will be a hybrid in-person and virtual event on Sunday, February 20, 2022, 5-7pm
The 28th Annual Soup Bowl Benefit for Hoosier Hills Food Bank is back! This year’s event, scheduled for Sunday, February 20, 2022, will be a hybrid event, as we move back to a more normal, in-person event. Due to safety concerns with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the event will return as a safety-positive, in-person event at approximately 50% attendance at the Monroe Convention Center. In addition to the limited 300 in-person tickets being sold this year, the Soup Bowl Benefit will be livestreamed on the Mandolin platform to viewers all over the world (with a 48-hour replay). Hand-made bowls by local potters will be provided to the in-person attendees at the event and will be available for pick up by livestream ticket holders in advance at the Monroe Convention Center. The program will be hosted this year by “Brother William” Morris (host of WFIU’s Soul Kitchen) and will feature great entertainment, including live and recorded contributions from Wadzanai Marimba, Carrie Newcomer, Malcolm Daglish, and Sam Bartlett, Eric Schedler, Joanna Hyde and Tadhg Ó Meachair.
In-person and virtual ticket prices are as listed below, and both are available for purchase through the Soup Bowl Ticket link at www.hhfoodbank.org. The event will occur from 5pm to approximately 7pm on Sunday, February 20.
Power of Words (February 5):
The Monroe County Public Library and Friends of the Library present The Power of Words: An Evening with Jacqueline Woodson on Saturday, February 5 from 7–8:15 PM at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater! Hear from internationally acclaimed and award-winning author Jacqueline Woodson, who gives voice to African American life through more than 30 books, ranging from children's picture books to young adult literature to adult novels. Woodson's compelling stories focus on race, gender, and sexuality with characters who face challenges in powerful tales that are laced with hope. This event is free and most appropriate for ages middle school to adult. Doors open at 6:30 PM and tickets are not required. Please note the Buskirk-Chumley Theater requires proof of vaccination or a recent negative Covid-19 test. The event will be followed by a ticketed reception at the Downtown Library from 8:30–10 PM. Learn more at mcpl.info/pow.
Our Voice (February 1–March 20):
The Friends of the Library and Monroe County Public Library proudly present Our Voice: Celebrating the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Awards. This exhibit, curated by the National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature, features 34 prints of illustrations from the award winners since 1973. These award-winning illustrations and children’s books highlight stories and figures from Black history, honoring the triumphs and struggles of African Americans throughout time. They also evoke the beautiful facets integral to the culture and fabric of our nation such as music, rhythm, and folktales. The Coretta Scott King Book Awards are presented annually by the American Library Association to outstanding African American authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults that demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values. The exhibit runs February 1–March 20 at the Downtown Library. Learn more and view the exhibit's hours at mcpl.info/ourvoice.
2022 United Way Free Community Tax Service offers free tax preparation sites in Brown and Monroe counties
United Way of Monroe County, along with other community partners, is pleased to provide the Free Community Tax Service during the upcoming tax season. Beginning January 31, IRS-certified volunteers will be working at six in-person and two virtual sites in Monroe and Brown counties where they will help Hoosiers who make less than $58,000 annually file their federal and state tax returns for free.
Tax preparation is provided free of charge and volunteers work one-on-one with community members to ensure they receive 100% of their refund, including the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) if eligible. Residents will receive their tax returns quickly – usually in about 21 days.
Last year, the Free Community Tax Service program brought together 50 volunteers to help local residents file 959 federal returns, saving clients as much as $438,263 in tax preparation fees and bringing back more than $1,361,802 in refunds and credits, at 6 full-service VITA sites managed by United Way, plus 2 completely virtual sites managed by AARP/TCE. Clients reported using those funds and the Earned Income Tax Credits to pay for food, clothing, bills, rent, and to put toward savings. 119 filers received Earned Income Tax credits.
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