Written by Indiana 105
Thursday, September 05, 2013 | 7:47 am
The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning is expected to vote October 9 on whether or not to include the Illiana Expressway in the GO TO 2040 regional plan – something that would have to happen to receive federal funding and move the project forward. The Illiana as proposed would be a 47-mile tollway between I-65 near Lowell and I-55 in Will County, Illinois to provide an alternative to the busy Borman.
In Gary, authorities are reporting more cases of people answering Craig's List ads and being robbed, and again, each instance has taken place in the five-hundred block of Lake Street. Gary Police Corp. Gabrielle King says on Tuesday, at 1:30pm, a 71 year old responded to an ad at that location, and was instructed to go to the second floor where he was robbed at gunpoint of his cell phone and cash. Corp. King says this was the fifth or sixth incident at that location.
Corp. King says on Labor Day, three Fort Wayne residents were also robbed, responding to a Craig's List ad for a car, but this time in the five-hundred block of Pennsylvania, by a male subject with a gun who took their cell phones and wallets. Gary Police urge caution when purchasing any items off Craig's List and suggest conducting the sale in a public place.
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Gary Police report the body of a missing 43 year old Gary man was found Wednesday morning, deceased in a vehicle, at a local towing company. Public Information Officer Corp. Gabrielle King says Patrick Bush was last heard from by a family member on September 1st, just before 1am. About a half-hour later, a 1996 Cadillac registered to a Mrs. Bush was towed from the front of the 27-hundred block of Jefferson Street. Corp. King says on Wednesday morning, officers were dispatched to Bennie's Towing, in the 21-hundred block of West 10th Avenue, after receiving a missing person's report on Mr. Bush. Officers opened the locked vehicle and detected a foul odor and Mr. Bush's remains were found in the trunk.
The Lake County Coroner's Office reports the cause and manner of death are pending autopsy results, and anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Gary Police.
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(Photo Courtesy of the Times)
A beam from the World Trade Center was mounted on Wednesday at the Schererville 9-11 Memorial. Schererville Police Department Commander Brian Neyhart says a lot of work was done by the 9-11 Memorial Committee, with community support from Randy Palmateer, business manager for the Northwest Indiana Building and Construction Trades Council, who was very instrumental in mounting the beam, along with local unions, construction, and businesses groups.
Commander Neyhart says the beam will be officially unveiled during the town's annual 9-11 service, in the police department parking lot, on September 11th at 6pm. In the meantime, Neyhart says the placing of the beam was just the first phase of the memorial and other portions will be added to it once funds have been raised. If you would like to make a donation, please contact Schererville Police Chief David Dowling or Fire Chief Joe Kruzan at their respective departments. To hear more of our interview, click News Audio On Demand at http://regionnewsteam.com/.
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If you pay for natural gas through NIPSCO you'll be happy to know you'll most likely be paying the same base rate through 2020. The Times reports an agreement has been reached between NIPSCO and the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission. According to the article, the earliest overall bills could increase would be in 2015, after a long-term plan is filed by the utility later this year for modernizing its natural gas infrastructure.
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Indiana University Northwest announced that student enrollment for Fall 2013 stands at 6,387 students, an all-time high and a 3.3 percent increase over last year’s fall enrollment of 6,184 students. This year marks IU Northwest’s sixth consecutive year of increased enrollment
IU Northwest is among four IU campuses that welcomed a record number of students this fall, which contributed to the historic university-wide enrollment of 107,132 students.
“Our fall enrollment of more than 6,300 students demonstrates that our campus continues to provide the high-quality, affordable education to which Indiana University is committed and is a strong example of the vitality and critical role of IU’s regional campuses,” IU Northwest Chancellor William J. Lowe said.
The Northwest campus attributes the increase in students to the campus’s strong and strategic recruitment efforts, aimed at academic honor, transfer students and adult learners, as well as the campus’s continued commitment to retention initiatives.
The number of incoming students who earned Indiana Academic Honors diplomas has increased by 43 percent, when compared to similar figures last year.
“We are proud to be the choice for Northwest Indiana students who are well-prepared to begin their world-class IU education,” Lowe said. “The campus’s focus to provide students with academic resources, matched with these students’ persistence and work ethic, will, in the end, result in a better, stronger, more educated community.”
The 2013 enrollment numbers also indicate a 6 percent increase in the number of undergraduate transfer students, when compared to last year’s fall enrollment.
Increases in the number of juniors and seniors, 2 percent and 3 percent, respectively, also provide valuable insight and strong indication of the campus’s redoubled efforts to support students through to degree completion.
Student completion and persistence initiatives that have aided retention include innovations such as an early warning system providing students with valuable feedback at critical points in their coursework, implementation of a Course Commitment Policy, and the formation of an Enrollment Management Group tasked to create and implement resources and activities that support new student enrollment, persistence and graduation.
“At IU Northwest, we firmly believe that every student matters,” Lowe said. “From the full-time student to the adult learner with many obligations, my campus colleagues and I take each student’s academic success and progress to graduation as a personal commitment.”
Credit hours at IU Northwest are up 1.67 percent, at 62,556, according to the official report released by Indiana University. This marks the fourth consecutive year in which registered credit hours topped 61,000 at IU’s Northwest campus.
IU Northwest had prepared for expected enrollment increases through recent campus investments, including expanded online course offerings.
Ninety-one online courses in 16 disciplines are offered this semester, an 18 percent increase in course offerings as compared to one year ago. Additional online courses are planned for the coming semester.
“Our commitment to online learning at IU Northwest is an investment in making an Indiana University education accessible for the citizens of Northwest Indiana, through an innovative and convenient option that allows students to complete their degrees in a timely manner that suits their busy lives,” Lowe said.
The Indiana State Budget Committee’s approval in July to proceed with construction of a 106,000-square-foot, $45 million facility to replace Tamarack Hall is also a significant campus milestone.
The building, to be located on the east side of Broadway at 35th Avenue, will serve both IU Northwest and Ivy Tech Community College Northwest.
“This building symbolizes IU Northwest’s and Ivy Tech’s commitment to and investment in student academic success,” Lowe said.
An additional legislative advance for IU Northwest includes the receipt of funds earmarked for campus renovation and repairs. Projects, currently in progress or scheduled to start in the near feature, include the renovation of campus restrooms in Hawthorn Hall; HVAC upgrades in Raintree Hall; sewer system construction; and the construction renovation of the former Child Care Center into office space.
IU Northwest reserves were used for the renovation of the RedHawk Cafeteria, which opened on the first day of the fall semester. Complete with a larger grill and refrigerator, the cafeteria has a better design flow and provides students with additional food options.
The Modern Languages Lab, located in Hawthorn Hall, was recently renovated providing students with the ability to immerse themselves in foreign languages and cultures to enhance their international studies. The renovated lab, named and dedicated for the late Frank Caucci, Ph.D., was made possible through a generous gift to the IU Northwest campus by Caucci’s daughter, Emmanuelle, his son, Matthew, the Caucci family, and his life partner, Brian A. Bates, J.D.
Discussions regarding the design of the campus green space, left following the demolition of Tamarack Hall, are in progress.
This year’s enrollment and credit-hour numbers, referred to as census results, constitute IU’s official figures for 2013-14. Census counts are made one week after the start of classes, allowing for changes resulting from late registration.
About Indiana University Northwest
As one of seven Indiana University campuses, IU Northwest leads the region as the premier, urban campus dedicated to serving the needs of more than 6,000 students from the state’s most diverse and industrialized region. Committed to helping its local Northwest Indiana communities thrive, IU Northwest is best-known for providing a personal, quality and affordable education close to home. IU Northwest positions its students to be leaders with more than 70 undergraduate, graduate and pre-professional degree options available from the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Health and Human Services, the School of Business and Economics, and the School of Education. The campus is also host to IU School of Medicine-Northwest, which actively involves students in research and local healthcare needs through its four-year medical doctorate program. For more information, please visit www.iun.edu.
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Information gathering by the EPA using ground penetrating radar and conductivity testing at Mt Baldy wrapped up on Tuesday. Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Public Information Officer Bruce Rowe says the EPA will now take the results back to analyze and will produce a package of the results for them, which will probably take a couple of weeks. The equipment was brought in on August 12th to determine how a six-year old Illinois boy became buried in eleven-feet of sand for over three-and-a-half hours on July 12th.
Rowe says, other than a second hole that was discovered the first day the EPA brought out their equipment last month, no other holes have been discovered to his knowledge. Mt. Baldy meanwhile remains closed to the public indefinitely.
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On August 28, 2013 the Greater Northwest Indiana Association of REALTORS® (GNIAR) held its Trade Expo and Annual Meeting at the Avalon Manor in Merrillville where more than 300 local REALTORS® were in attendance.
“We look forward to this event every year. It’s an opportunity for our members to network with one another and our Affiliate members, hear directly from leadership, reflect on the past year and find out the latest initiatives and updates,” GNIAR Chief Executive Officer Peter Novak, Jr. said. “Our members are busier than ever right now. You could sense the excitement in the air. The local housing market has been rebounding in a big way and our Trade Expo and Annual Meeting reflected that.”
Also present that day were 40 exhibitors made up of GNIAR’s Affiliate Members such as lenders, title companies, home warranty companies, mold remediation companies, virtual tour creators and more. GNIAR invited two housing related charities, Sojourner Truth House and Housing Opportunities, to take part in the expo. Attendees were encouraged to bring non-perishable food items for the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana. The Association introduced its membership to its latest committee, “Greater Northwest Indiana Association of REALTORS® Young Professionals Network.”
“This was one of our biggest expos in recent years. We were thrilled to have so many new and returning Affiliate members take part as well as highlight ways our members can get more involved in the community and the Association,” Novak said.
The expo, which also featured an opportunity to vote for 2014 GNIAR Officers and Directors and free seminars, led into the afternoon Annual Meeting where Governor Mike Pence was slated as the keynote speaker.
“The Governor gave a rallying speech that highlighted key components as to why Northwest Indiana and Indiana as a whole are wonderful places to live, work and have a business,” Novak says. “This information is just what our members can share with their clients who are considering our area. It is an honor and a testament to the professionalism of our Association to have Indiana’s governor address our membership three times in the last six years.”
Greater Northwest Indiana Association of REALTORS® members elected the following individuals for its 2014 new officers and directors.
Edith Cothran of McColly Real Estate in Schererville ascended to the position of 2014 president. Joe Wszolek of AppraiserJoe.com in Portage was elected as president-elect. Rose Dobbins of Coldwell Banker Res. Brokerage in Highland was elected for the treasurer position. (…continued on page 2)
Elected directors included: Craig Frendling of Century 21 Executive Realty Schererville, India Castaneda of Coldwell Banker Res. Brokerage Highland, Valarie Kubacki of Prime Real Estate Valparaiso, Nathan Reeder of Reeder Companies Hammond and Celeste Zajac of Nation’s Title Crown Point.
All new officers and directors will take office on January 1, 2014.
GNIAR recently honored two individuals for outstanding service to the real estate industry as well.
India Castaneda was named the 2013 GNIAR REALTOR® of the Year. Castaneda is currently GNIAR’s 2013 Immediate Past President.
The Association also recognized Jamie Sulcer of Chicago Title Insurance as this year’s Affiliate of the Year.
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Indiana US Senator Dan Coats told the Region News Team today he has not yet decided whether to support US military force in Syria. Senator Coats encourages Hoosiers to visit his website to communicate their opinions on Syria, and also health care and fiscal issues. You can hear our interview with the Senator talking about the situation in Syria and other national and state topics today at News Audio on Demand at our website.
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