On Tuesday, December 13, we will host a live broadcast to look at various investment topics and address current top-of-mind investor issues.
This year's significant volatility and market uncertainty are not without precedent, but they may cause uneasiness for some investors. Understanding markets and what influences them can help calm your anxiety and empower you to develop a clear path through turbulence. On Tuesday, December 13, we will host a live broadcast to look at various investment topics and address current top-of-mind investor issues. This webinar is a valuable opportunity for our clients to hear from a senior investment professional who will offer some unique perspectives and ask questions directly during the event. During this presentation, Theresa Claire, CFP®, our Director of Financial Education, will be joined by Apollo D. Lupescu, PhD, from Dimensional Funds, for an engaging conversation with investors in various stages of wealth accumulation and consumption.
The Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department and the Board of Park Commissioners, with special guest Mayor John Hamilton, invite you to the official opening of the new Waldron, Hill & Buskirk Park Playground, located at 331 S. Washington St. behind the Bloomington Police Department.
Thursday, December 1 at 4:30 p.m.
After nine years of dedicated leadership as Chancellor and more than 25 years of service at Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington, Jennie Vaughan will retire from her position as Chancellor on May 15, 2023. During her tenure, the campus expanded its reach in the communities it serves, saw record credentials awarded, built unique partnerships, and added new programs to serve the workforce needs of south central Indiana. The College will conduct a nationwide search for the next Chancellor and details will be made public in the near future.
“Providing opportunities for students to achieve their career goals and improve their lives has been my life’s work in higher education. Seeing our graduates walk across the stage at Commencement is the highlight of my tenure as Chancellor,” Vaughan said. “Together with community and business leaders, trustees, legislators, and faculty and staff, we have built solid paths forward for Ivy Tech graduates. It has been an absolute pleasure over the past 25 years to support student and community success, and I’m confident the team will continue this impactful work.”
Under Vaughan’s leadership, the campus increased accessibility to high-quality education beyond Bloomington city limits, offering career certification courses in Bedford at the StoneGate Arts & Education Center, the Brown County Career Resource Center, the North Lawrence Career Center, and Ivy Tech Mooresville, among others. More than 5,600 students have completed industry-based courses at these locations.
Governor’s panel pushes strategic, practical workforce changes to prep state for job growth
NOTE: This article that features Dan Peterson, Vice President of Industry & Government Affairs for Cook Medical, was originally published on November 18, 2022 in the Indianapolis Business Journal by Peter Blanchard.
Faced with declining education rates, sagging wages and an aging population, Indiana is at a critical juncture that demands practical strategies to help employers find skilled workers, remove barriers to entry for workers and provide students with the skills they’ll need to secure high-paying jobs in the future.
Those are the findings of a report released Friday by the Governor’s Workforce Cabinet, a group of business executives, education leaders, government officials and community stakeholders tasked with addressing the growing demand for qualified workers, the decreasing number of degree-seeking Hoosiers and the increasing number of jobs that require science, math and technology skills in all industries.
And while there is no shortage of data demonstrating Indiana’s workforce crisis, practical solutions are needed to ensure the state’s economy keeps growing, the report finds.
On the group’s list of 30 recommendations are the creation of an Indiana Talent Agency, more flexibility in high school diplomas, the removal of some barriers for child care workers, and incentives for colleges to funnel students into STEM fields and keep their graduates in Indiana.
“This is a leapfrog or fall-behind moment,” said Ryan Kitchell, a former Indiana University Health executive and budget director under Gov. Mitch Daniels who was appointed in April to chair the workforce cabinet.
The December/January issue of Bloom Magazine will arrive on newsstands November 29. The cover story, "75 Years Ago, Bloomington Was the Sex Capital of America," tells the story of two Bloomington books—released on the same day—that rocked the NYT Best-Seller Lists for months after. Pick one up at any of 240 locations around town.
WFIU Public Radio, IU Credit Union, and Beacon are partnering to help give back to the Bloomington community this Giving Tuesday, November 29.
Giving Tuesday is a global generosity movement that was created in 2012 to encourage people to do good. Since then, it has grown into a year-round global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity.
For every contribution that WFIU receives on Giving Tuesday, the IU Credit Union will provide a pair of socks to the Shalom Center, Beacon’s day shelter in Bloomington.
“The single most requested item from people without homes when they first enter our shelter is a warm, dry pair of socks,” said Rev. Forrest Gilmore, executive director of Beacon. “When you lose your home, you often lose just about everything else, too. Lifting people up by helping them with the basics like food, shelter, and clothing is the first step in the journey back home. This Giving Tuesday partnership with IU Credit Union and WFIU will help make that first step a gentle one.”
Terre Haute Convention Center presents the 2022 New Year's Eve Masquerade event in its brand new venue. Experience the first ever New Year's Eve event in the new facility.
A whimsical local toy store is coming to the Eastside of Bloomington this November
After years of only having big box or online stores for buying gifts for her kids and their friends, Kat Pruce made it her mission to create a local toy store. Pruce is opening her playful, bookish-themed toy shop on the Eastside of Bloomington this November called Mairzy Doats. The store offers toys, puzzles, board games, and secondhand books.
“I’m so excited for local families to come out to Mairzy Doats and see all of the toys you can’t get anywhere else in town! All are welcome in this shop, with walls full of rainbows, trees, and shelves full of toys at every price point. There’s something for all ages - even adults!”
More information on the store and the grand opening can be found at www.shopmairzydoats.com or @shopmairzydoats on Facebook and Instagram.
Darby McCarty, chairman and CEO of Smithville, announced that accomplished industry professional Erica Dooley-Dorocke has joined Smithville as vice president of marketing. Dooley-Dorocke comes to Smithville from Solution Tree, a global education professional development company, where she previously held national senior executive marketing positions, including Chief Marketing Officer.
“Smithville is fortunate to have a professional of Erica’s caliber join Smithville,” said Paul Quick, President of Smithville. “She is a recognized leader in successful brand management, internet marketing, direct marketing, product development, and strategy – we look forward to her helping lead Smithville as the company continues its strong growth as a top Indiana broadband and telecommunications service provider.”
Presently a member of the Indiana University adjunct faculty in Bloomington, Dooley-Dorocke served more than six years in executive positions at Solution Tree. Before that she achieved national success in a number of senior marketing positions, including director of U.S. Marketing Operations at Author Solutions, a Penguin Random House Company.
The 2023 Chilly Cook-Off is comin' your way!!!
Think you have the best chili recipe in town? Bring it on - and compete with the best!
Chef Call-Out coming in a couple of weeks!!
See you January 21st with your burners blazin'
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