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Today:  Purdue University's main campus is hosting another record number of freshmen this fall, and administrator Rob Wynkoop is on "Regionally Speaking" to talk about how they're transitioning from "de-densification" last school year, due to COVID, to prepare for a big freshman class.  I.U. Northwest dean of student success in the College of Arts & Sciences Kristen Huysken talks about the "Summer Bridge" program Aug. 16-20, as a way for incoming first-year students to be ready for a new academic year. And IPB News's Lee Gaines has a report on concerns that federal funds, helping students get tutoring help during the pandemic, may run out soon.

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One of the biggest debates of the COVID-19 pandemic has been when and how to open school buildings without putting more people at risk of infection, and a recent study finds a smaller than expected relationship between in-person schooling and the spread of COVID-19 in Indiana communities.

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Today:  Tim Winders, vice-chancellor at Purdue University Northwest, is on "Regionally Speaking" to talk about the virtual discussion program he's moderating on March 22nd. It's another in the virtual series of “On The Other Side” on cybersecurity, and it features local businesspeople as well as on-campus speakers.  Before that conversation, we talk with Indiana University Northwest associate vice-chancellor Cynthia O’Dell, who is coordinating “A Celebration of Faculty Research” this Friday morning.  Ten faculty members will present a series of eight-minute TEDx-style talks to enlighten the campus and community about the important work and impact of faculty scholarship.  We also feature another conversation in our "Reflections" series on Midwesterners whose lives were changed by COVID-19, and  with Indiana Youth Institute president-CEO Tami Silverman on the difficult issues facing Hoosier youth during the pandemic.

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Today:   Indiana University Northwest economics professor Micah Pollak is with us to talk about the recent study commissioned by I.U. with EMSI, a worldwide provider of economic impact studies to colleges and universities, that explains the economic value that IUN adds to the students and alumni of the university and to the northwest Indiana community at large.  For example: the impact of increased earnings of IUN alumni and the businesses they work for is equal to an economic boost that is similar to hosting the World Series 37 times.  We have another conversation from the Welcome Project at Valparaiso University, and Side Effects Public Media reporter Carter Barrett looks into the struggle that rural hospitals face in trying to bring in enough revenue from a pandemic-stunted economy to stay open -- and serve their communities.  Indiana Youth Institute president-CEO Tami Silverman also reviews her latest monthly column entitled "Talking Politics With Our Kids."  It's an appropriate topic in this "election season." The entire column can be found on the IYI website.

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Today:  We have conversations with the new chancellor of Indiana University Northwest, Ken Iwama, and with former Congresswoman, gubernatorial candidate and I.U. ethics professor Jill Long Thompson.  Chancellor Iwama begins his post this weekend on the Gary campus, taking over from William Lowe, who returns to the university faculty.  Chancellor Iwama was selected from a field of finalists who each visited campus last February.  He came from a key administrative post at College of Staten Island, New York. Jill Long Thompson is the author of the book "The Character of American Democracy," available from Indiana University Press.   She is a former three-term U.S. Representative and was a candidate for Governor in 2008.  Her biography notes that her political career began in 1983 when she launched a successful campaign to win a seat on the Valparaiso City Council, a post she held from 1984 to 1986.  She is currently a member of the faculty of the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University.

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Indiana University Northwest's new Chancellor comes from the East Coast but says he's excited to now be a part of the Region.

Ken Iwama was on "Regionally Speaking" on Thursday to talk about his new job, his first impressions of northwest Indiana when he came in for his on-campus interview and his leadership goals for I.U. Northwest, especially during the pandemic.  He begins the conversation, by noting that Lakeshore Public Radio was one of the first "voices" he heard, as a finalist for the position back in February.

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GARY- Ivy Tech Community College students now have a clearer path to earn a bachelor’s degree at Indiana University Northwest.

Northwest Indiana Business Magazine reports that's because of the Guaranteed Admission Agreement between both institutions that serves to ensure a smooth transfer for students, enabling them to complete their bachelor's degree on-time.

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On this edition of the podcast the you’ll hear the latest on the Indiana Distressed Unit Appeal Board voting in favor of the Gary Community School Corporation holding a referendum in November, the FBI is investigating the assault on Bloomington resident Vauhxx Booker as a possible hate crime, former Secretary of State Todd Rokita is the Indiana Republican Party’s nominee for Attorney General and Chris Nolte has a conversation with Ellen Szarleta, director for Center for Urban & Regional Excellence at Indiana University Northwest.

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Today: The U.S. Census Bureau begins mailing invitations to all Americans this month to respond to the once-a-decade population count that is so important.  Deb Stempowski has an overview of the 2020 Census and how to respond by mail, by phone or through the Internet.

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Today:  Northwest Indiana political activist Ruth Needleman is in the studio with more topics of discussion, including a meeting of " NWI Resistance" this Saturday in Gary about immigration issues.  Indiana University Northwest director of admissions Dorothy Frink and colleague Candace Rayburn talk about the series of three information sessions called "Yes to College," to be held in three separate locations in Gary on March 17th,19th and 23rd.  They are designed to help parents learn and ask questions about the benefits of young people attending college (or, perhaps, themselves as adults). We also revisit our conversation with Ivy Tech Community College system president Sue Ellspermann, about the next series of eight-week-long courses beginning, statewide, on March 16th.

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Today:  Michael Noland, president of NICTD, is with us to tell us the latest about the South Shore Line expansion projects.  The first of a series of public meetings begins in Michigan City on Wednesday, and continues into March and into this summer, about the Double-Tracking (Gary to Michigan City) and the West Lake Corridor (Lake County) projects.  We bring back our conversation with Indiana University Northwest professors Charles Hobson and Micah Pollak about a study that showed that returning veterans are very employable.  And VA Undersecretary for Field Operations Willie Clark tells us about the concerns the VA has that Vietnam War veterans on ships stationed off the coast could be just as much at risk, as the sailors on river boats, for contracting illnesses related to Agent Orange.  The VA has expanded the list of medical conditions associated with Agent Orange.

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Today:  The chair of the search committee, IUK Chancellor Susan Sciame-Giesceke, is on "Regionally Speaking" to explain the process of seeking applicants for the impending vacancy in the Indiana University Northwest chancellor's office, and about the four finalists for the position.  They all will come to the Gary campus to meet with students, faculty, staff and community members (one is already on campus for his visit)  Chancellor William Lowe is stepping down effective July 31st and intends to return to teaching.  We talk with IUN staffers Nico Casas and Cindy Szmanski about today's screening of the biopic "Eva A-7063" in the Savannah Center on this International Holocaust Remembrance Day. INVestEd's Bill Wozniak joins us from Indianapolis to talk about the non-profit, its mission and of a new statewide study focused on student loans, their impact on the state economy and how employers and communities are helping those who are becoming part of the Indiana workforce of the 21st Century.  And Carl Lisek with South Shore Clean Cities talks about next month's Annual Sustainable Transportation Conference and Expo in Michigan City.

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Today:   We begin with Indiana University Northwest's latest addition to its curriculum: courses that will lead to an Bachelor's Degree in neuroscience.  It's a program that will benefit not only students looking to careers in the medical  and health care fields, but will help students in learning to think critically about science information.  We talk with assistant psychology professor Maureen Rutherford.

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Today: "Post-Tribune" reporter Carole Carlson joins us to tell about stories she's sent out in print and online -- including news of new personnel in the Gary and Merrillville school districts, some major infrstructure projects n Gary and of a local meeting that connected the Region to the hate-bias crimes bill now moving through the General Assembly.  Lakeshore Public Radio's Sharon Jackson went to south Texas on vacation and offers the second of her two-part report on reaction to the "border wall" expansion there.  And we bring back our conversation with NPR's television critic Eric Degg

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Today:  We talk to Sheila Brillson Matias, the executive director of the Leadership Institute at Purdue Northwest and its companion Society of Innovators, about the two organizations now housed at the Hammond campus.

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Today:   a conversation with Dave McLenachen , the director of Department of Veterans Affairs' appeals management office in Washington, DC, about the "fast track" rollout of two dedicated programs to help disabled veterans in getting their appeals processed.  The VA is trying to deal with a growing number of appeals being filed.

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Today:   A conversation with Indiana University Northwest faculty members Crystal Shannon and Jonathyne Briggs about the new medical humanities minor program on the Gary campus.  The minor program offers courses in ethics, disability and anthropology -- among others that can offer new perspectives for students in the health professions.

Indiana Public Broadcasting's Barbara Brosher visited northwest Indiana to prepare a feature on how truancy courts help school districts deal -- in a positive way -- with student absenteeism.

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Today:    Valparaiso attorney Jim Harper is running on the Democratic Party ticket for Indiana Secretary of State.  He is making a multi-day-long media tour around the Hoosier State these days, and he talked with us while on the road about his concerns about the need for a general election that is free from outside interference, and other planks of his campaign.

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Today:   we talk with "Howey Politics Indiana" publisher Brian Howey about, among other topics, the talks tonight in Singapore between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un -- last weekend's Indiana Republican Party convention in Evansville -- and this coming weekend's Indiana Democratic Party convention.

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Today:   Retired Indiana University Northwest professor Rick Hug joins us to talk about his creation -- now in its 28th year.  The Forum on Child Abuse and Neglect will be held on the Gary campus on Friday, in the new Arts and Sciences Building.  Hug says they have a very knowledgable keynote speaker and participant in one of the workshops this year. 

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Today:  Ed Feigenbaum, the editor and publisher of "Indiana Gaming Insight" and "Indiana Political Insight" newsletters, joins us to review how Indiana casinos -- including the Northwest Indiana boats -- did in February. (Spoiler Alert: they're all hoping for a better month of March.)  Ed also talks about the 2018 General Assembly session, its successes and its failures -- especially in the final hours of the regular session.  Lawmakers are preparing for a short, special session in May.

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Indiana University Northwest is offering a discussion on LGBTQI rights at Indiana University and Indiana on Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. in the Gary campus' Savannah Center.  The University invited the veterans' program director at Indiana University South Bend, Rhiannon Carlson, to lead the discussion.  

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Today:  Ivy Tech Community College just unveiled its new five-year strategic plan, and we asked statewide President Sue Ellspermann to review it and talk about the impact it will have on northwest Indiana.  The plan aligns with Indiana's goal to give 60-percent of the Indiana workforce a high-value post-secondary degree or credential by 2025.

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Today:   We revisit our conversation with Andy Downs of the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics in Fort Wayne about the major issues that could come up during the next General Assembly session that is  scheduled to begin January 3rd.

Ellen Szarletta with the Center for Urban and Regional Excellence at Indiana University Northwest joins us to talk about the topics for next month's "Senior University" courses offered on the Gary campus.

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Today:  We find out about the latest Northwest Indiana Coincident Economic Index from Indiana University Northwest economist Micah Pollak, and learn that the Region's economy is steadily improving. Pollak and his colleague Bala Arshanapalli sift through the data on several key areas of the  economy in Lake, Porter, Newton and Jasper Counties to create the Index report.  He presented the latest information at a recent Chancellor's Commission for Community Engagement meeting.

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With the start of a new academic year, Indiana University Northwest wants to make sure that students understand the importance of recognizing and preventing sexual misconduct -- as well as domestic and date violence and abuse, sexual harassment and stalking.  Dean of Students Beth Dean Tyler came on "Regionally Speaking" on Wednesday to talk about a number of programs -- local as well as IU system-wide -- that inform and educate.

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Today:   Indiana University Northwest Dean of Students Beth Tyler joins us to talk about the Gary campus' sexual assault prevention programs.   With the start of a new academic year, IUN wants to make sure that students understand the importance of recognizing and preventing sexual misconduct -- as well as domestic and date violence and abuse, sexual harassment and stalking.  Dean Tyler talks about a number of programs -- local as well as IU system-wide -- that inform and educate.

Purdue University Northwest

Today:  A conversation with Richard Rupp, a Purdue University Northwest political scientist who's taken on the position of Chief of Staff to PNW Chancellor Thomas Keon.  We talk about his experiences on campus, including heading up projects that led to the opportunity to serve in a wider leadership capacity on both the Hammond and Westville campuses.

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Ivy Tech Community College in Gary is partnering with Indiana University Northwest in the use of the new Arts & Sciences Building, which will be officially dedicated on Friday.   Vice chancellor for academic affairs Margaret Semmer was on "Regionally Speaking" on Wednesday, as the conversation continued about the new building along Broadway at 35th Avenue. 

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