Today: Valparaiso University administrator Byron Martin is on "Regionally Speaking" to talk about the annual (held virtually this year) celebration of the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (pictured here in Indiana) on April 7th. This year's program is entitled "Lessons from the Movement." Reporter/host Sharon Jackson speaks with a motivational speaker who is coming to Indiana University Northwest. Ivy Tech Community College Lake County drector of student life Iris Sanchez and board member Jena Belleza talk about the 8-week-long "Student Success" course for parents of middle schoolers at the Charter School of the Dunes. It offers help for parents who may never have gone to college what the benefits of college education can be for their children. And Indiana Public Broadcasting reporter Rebecca Thiele checked back with janitor Dennis Osborn (to whom she first spoke at the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic), to see how he's doing, one year later.
GARY- Gary Mayor Jerome Prince Wednesday again encouraged city residents to get any of the three available COVID-19 vaccinations to help Gary make strides in the fight against the pandemic.
Prince said in a news release that he received the single-dose Johnson and Johnson vaccine during a mass vaccination event at Calumet New Tech High School Sunday and that it was important to demonstrate the safety of the vaccine and to set an example of leadership in Gary. He also is calling on other city elected officials to get vaccinated.
Today: Valparaiso University President Jose Padilla (shown here during his first official day's visit out on campus) is on "Regionally Speaking" to talk about himself, his new position as the university's president and his vision for the future of the university. Indiana Public Broadcasting's Pria Mahadevan has a feature on the challenges that Hoosier childcare providers are facing during the pandemic. We talk with Susan Ticen, the operations manager of Purdue University's Surplus Operation, to find out more about the facility on the West Lafayette campus and what items are brought in from campus buildings -- including Purdue Northwest -- for sale to the public. What they sell may surprise you. And we have more conversations from the Welcome Project at Valparaiso University.