Backpacks for the Houseless
CET Posse Therapeutic Equestrianism Foundation (pronounced Set Posse) founder and military veteran Kira Domonique, organized Backpack Luv, an initiative for the houseless during their most vulnerable time - the winter. This initiative was organized to help families survive being stuck out in the cold, with little to no provisions, while they wait for better accommodations. These backpacks are put together full of winter survival necessities and CET Posse hands them out on foot. CET Posse Therapeutic Equestrianism Foundation needs sponsorship and active participation from the community.
There are two ways you can participate in sponsorship.
EdTech Company Brings Behavioral Analytics, AI to Higher Ed Data: Flywheel Fund invests in Invoke Learning
Flywheel Fund, a member-managed capital fund run by The Mill, today announced a $50,000 investment in Invoke Learning, a higher education augmented-analytics company. Invoke Learning leverages artificial intelligence to provide higher education institutions with personalized data insights to help them improve student enrollment, retention, engagement, and DEI.
Invoke Learning was founded by Lige Hensley, former Chief Technology Officer for Ivy Tech Community College, and Brendan Aldrich, former Chief Data Officer in the Office of the Chancellor for the California State University system.
Pat East, Executive Director of The Mill, commented, “Higher education is at a crossroads. Enrollment is down, many students aren’t graduating on time or at all, and fulfilling the promise of diversity, equity, and inclusion has become a priority. Invoke provides the clear, actionable data colleges and universities need to navigate and address these challenges.”
Invoke Learning’s products, such as the InvokeDataLake, provide solutions for each stage of the student journey, from recruitment through application, enrollment, engagement, course completion, and retention. Behavioral analytics, like those used in the private sector for years, help paint a picture of how well the institution is achieving its goals, for example, those regarding equity and inclusion. Invoke Learning estimates that the higher ed market spends over $155 billion annually to address all of these student success issues.
Platform for Renting Outdoor Gear Wins Idea Competition: WANDR Aims for April 2022 Launch
The Mill, Bloomington’s nonprofit center for entrepreneurship, announced that John Laughlin and Josh Roche are the winners of the 2021 Crossroads Idea Competition for their proposal, WANDR. WANDR will build a community of outdoor adventurers who want to either rent out their own gear or seek to rent others’ gear.
Roche, Senior Financial Analyst at Cook Medical, and Laughlin, Account Director at Near The Box, a custom software engineering company, have been exploring the WANDR concept for a few months. Outdoor adventure gear is expensive, they say, and cost is a major barrier, as is storage space. Meanwhile, people who do buy specialized equipment often find that it sits idle in the garage for most of the year. WANDR will connect the dots between adventurers who need gear and equipment owners who’d like to recoup some of the costs. Roche and Laughlin won the Crossroads Idea prize of $2,500, sponsored by Velocities, to develop the idea further.
As Landscape Continues to Shift, Increased Cyberthreats, Supply Chain Issues Impact IT
The global supply chain crunch and massive shifts in business practices in the past year are driving information technology (IT) decisions and purchases for 2022, according to Matrix Integration, a strategic IT infrastructure partner for more than 1,000 businesses and schools in the Midwest and beyond.
“IT professionals as well as CEOs are reimagining how technology can help them better handle new realities such as remote work, supply chain issues and increases in cybersecurity threats,” said Reggie Gresham, vice president of enterprise sales at Matrix Integration. “These changes are here to stay, and many companies are viewing these challenges as opportunities to restructure how they do business and how technology fits into that picture.”
Hometown heroes are the focus of annual college bowl game set for Dec. 28 on ESPN
The fourth annual SERVPRO First Responder Bowl is set for Tuesday, Dec. 28, at SMU's Gerald J. Ford Stadium in Dallas, Texas, where the Air Force Falcons will face off against the Louisville Cardinals. Kickoff is set for 2:15 p.m. central on ESPN.
SERVPRO hosts this event each year to recognize the service and sacrifice of thousands of first responders nationwide. "This game shines a spotlight on hometown heroes across the country," said Ryan Wolfe, a disaster restoration specialist with SERVPRO of Lawrence, Owen, Greene & Martin Cos.. "We are proud to be part of a company that honors all first responders for willingly putting the welfare of others ahead of their own personal safety."
Each SERVPRO franchise is an integral part of its local community, so SERVPRO asked their franchisees nationwide to submit the name of a first responder in their hometown to be considered for special recognition at the game. This year, SERVPRO teammates selected Sgt. Steven Austin of the Montgomery County (Maryland) Sheriff's Office, who was nominated by SERVPRO of Silver Spring North, Maryland.
During the recent Bloom Holiday Party in the Tudor Room at the Indiana Memorial Union, Editor and Publisher Malcolm Abrams presented the 2021 Bloom Magazine Community Awards.
Bloom Magazine has four missions: to support local businesses, local charities, the arts, and diversity. The Bloom Community Awards were created to honor individuals who uphold these missions in Bloomington. The beautiful crystal awards have four pillars, each representing one of the Bloom missions.
Community cooks invited to put their chili to the test at annual United Way Chilly Cook-Off
Think your chili is the best in town? Put your recipe to the test!
The United Way Chilly Cook-Off is recruiting chefs – from novice and seasoned home cooks to professional chefs – to put their favorite recipe to the test and share their chili with the community. Showcase your skills while competing to make the best chili in town at the Chilly Cook-Off! Chef space is limited. Registration closes on Tuesday, January 4, 2022 or when all the chef spaces are filled.
The United Way Chilly Cook-Off, a Freezefest event benefiting United Way of Monroe County, will be held Saturday, January 22 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. at The Mill (located at 642 N Madison St, across from Upland Brewing).
All varieties of chili are welcome. A panel of judges will determine best overall, best vegetarian, most creative, and best professional. Up to 24 varieties of chili made by community cooks will be available to sample, including vegetarian options.
Attendees are invited to cast their vote for the People’s Choice award.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices welcomes Angie Hall! Born and raised in Bloomington, now residing in Lawrence County. Angie has been in the real estate industry for 9 years. Angie is well prepared to assist clients throughout central and southern Indiana.
Regency Multifamily recently promoted seven individuals for their commitment and substantial contributions to the company. Taylor Hackerd was promoted to Director of Operations, Beverly Martinez to Senior Community Manager and Lead Software Support, Amanda Hughey to Senior Accountant, Tara Engel to Community Manager of Red44, Courtney Oldham to Community Manager of Regency Club Apartments, Amber Rust to Community Manager of Kimber Green Apartments, and Makenzie Click to Community Manager of Flats at 146.
As the Director of Operations, Hackerd will oversee and engage in the overall operations of Flats at 146, The Legends, Windsor West, and Gentry Square. In Martinez’s new roles, she will manage Fountain Park Apartments, create training guides and tools for onsite staff, and will be a main contact for software systems Regency utilizes. As Senior Accountant, Hughey will help lead the accounting department while continuing to create structure and provide support for onsite staff. As Community Managers, Engel, Oldham, Rust, and Click will be responsible for all phases of
property operations including, but not limited to, the general administration and maintenance of the properties they are managing.
“Each of these individuals is exceptionally driven and hardworking,” said Teresa Kelnhofer, President and CEO. “I have great confidence in their abilities as they begin their new roles.”
For more information about Regency Multifamily go to Regency-Multifamily.com.
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