New Harvard College dean

first_imgRakesh Khurana, the Marvin Bower Professor of Leadership Development at Harvard Business School (HBS), professor of sociology in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS), and co-master of Cabot House, today was named dean of Harvard College.  Khurana earned his Ph.D. through a joint program between HBS and Harvard’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences in 1998.FAS Dean Michael D. Smith, who announced the appointment in an email to the FAS community, praised Khurana as a scholar and teacher with deep experience working with undergraduates and a strong commitment to the College.“Rakesh is a distinguished scholar of organizational behavior and leadership, an award-winning teacher, and a dynamic House master who has also deeply engaged with undergraduate issues on important committees,” wrote Smith, the John H. Finley Jr. Professor of Engineering and Applied Sciences. “He brings to the deanship an intimate understanding of the Harvard College experience, a profound commitment to the values of a liberal-arts education, and a warm and compassionate personality that accompanies his belief in the importance of community and an inclusive approach to decision-making.“Rakesh is an ardent proponent of the values of a liberal-arts education,” Smith continued. “I am confident that he will advance undergraduate education with both a respect for enduring values and the ability to embrace change. He understands the interplay of academic, extracurricular, and residential life at Harvard and is an eloquent spokesperson for the transformative nature of the Harvard undergraduate experience.“As House co-master at Cabot since 2010, Rakesh is attuned to the multiple transitions that students undergo during their time at Harvard, and the key role that residential life plays in their overall development,” Smith wrote. “Rakesh’s style of leadership is distinctly inclusive; he understands the importance of listening and looks forward to engaging with the faculty and the College.”Khurana succeeds Evelynn M. Hammonds, the Barbara Gutmann Rosenkrantz Professor of the History of Science and professor of African and African American Studies, who stepped down last June after completing her five-year term. Donald Pfister, the Asa Gray Professor of Systematic Botany, will continue to serve as interim dean until July 1, when Khurana assumes the role. He and his wife, Stephanie (M.B.A., M.P.P. ’96), will remain masters of Cabot House. The Khuranas have three children.“I’m honored to have this opportunity to serve the College and work with the faculty, students, and staff to create a transformative educational experience for our students,” said Khurana. “I am convinced that, working together, we will have a significant and positive impact on the College.”“Rakesh Khurana is a faculty leader who embodies the interconnectedness of Harvard,” said Harvard President Drew Faust. “His experiences as a graduate student, an award-winning teacher at HBS, and the master of an undergraduate House give him a unique perspective on the University, and his deep respect for the liberal-arts model and the residential education will serve him well as he guides Harvard College.”“Rakesh’s selection is a testament first and foremost to his skill and vision as a teacher and scholar, and a demonstration, too, of the ways Drew Faust’s vision for one university can create exciting new opportunities,” said Nitin Nohria, dean of Harvard Business School. “I think the appointment is wonderful news, and I am looking forward to working with Rakesh to identify and strengthen efforts across the College and HBS that will benefit us all.”Last July, Smith announced the creation of an advisory committee consisting of faculty from all FAS academic divisions, including Professors Louis Menand, Matthew K. Nock, Christie McDonald, and Douglas A. Melton. During the fall semester, the committee solicited input from undergraduates, FAS faculty, and College administrators, holding meetings with House masters, resident deans, College staff, the Undergraduate Council, freshmen, upperclassmen, and faculty members. The advisory committee developed a short list of candidates, whom they interviewed, and shared their feedback with Smith.“Rakesh came to us with a reputation for exceptional leadership skills, and he certainly handled the interview expertly. He listened carefully, was responsive, and spoke from the heart,” said Menand, the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of English. “He was passionate about the College, about the academic side of the student experience, about the importance of liberal education generally.”“Since Rakesh is not a humanist (and neither is Mike Smith nor Xiao-Li Meng), I asked him to say something about the place of the humanities in undergraduate education,” Menand continued. “He described a class he had been teaching, I think in HBS, in which a discussion of corporate practices was transformed when one student introduced certain concepts from her humanities courses. He understands that the historical, interpretive, and philosophical knowledge and skills that students acquire in humanities classes enrich and improve the quality of work they do in every other field of endeavor, no matter how practical or technical.”“The faculty advisory committee was fortunate to have an absolutely amazing pool of candidates under consideration to serve as the next dean of Harvard College,” said Nock, professor of psychology and director of the Laboratory for Clinical and Developmental Research. “Professor Khurana stood out among this very strong group as someone who exemplifies all of the qualities that students, faculty, and staff said are so important in the next dean. As a House master, award-winning teacher and mentor, professor of leadership, and strong proponent of a 21st-century liberal arts education, he is someone who is singularly qualified to help guide the College moving forward. I don’t think we could have dreamed up a stronger candidate for this position, and I am so happy that Professor Khurana has agreed to serve as the next dean of Harvard College.”“Rakesh Khurana comes to the deanship from the heart of the College as House master at Cabot,” said McDonald, the Smith Professor of French Language and Literature and co-master of Mather House. “He brings not only experience and enthusiasm but leadership and a commitment to maintain the strength of a liberal-arts education within our research institution.”“In all my interactions with Professor Khurana I have been impressed by his total commitment to students, and the opportunities to combine their intellectual, social, and civic experiences at Harvard,” said Melton, the Xander University Professor, co-director of the Harvard Stem Cell Institute, co-chair of the Department of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology, and co-master of Elliot House. “It will be very exciting to watch him bring to bear his impressive skills in helping teams of people work together to make Harvard College even stronger.”Pfister, who has worked with Khurana in his role as co-master of Cabot House, highlighted his commitment to supporting the needs of undergraduates, both inside and outside the classroom.“I am confident Professor Khurana will bring energy, passion, and a commitment to undergraduates when he takes on the role of dean this summer,” Pfister said. “I know his experience living, dining, and working with undergraduates at Cabot House will prove invaluable to him and to all of you throughout the College.”Khurana earned his B.S. from Cornell University. He began graduate studies at Harvard in 1993, earning his Ph.D. in 1998. He was appointed to the HBS faculty in 2000 and became co-master of Cabot in 2010. He taught at Massachusetts Institute of Technology between 1998 and 2000. Prior to graduate school, he worked as a founding member of Cambridge Technology Partners.“Rakesh will lead the College with energy and vision, and he brings to the deanship scholarly expertise on organizational behavior, governance, and leadership,” Smith wrote.Khurana’s research uses a sociological perspective to focus on the processes by which elites and leaders are selected and developed. He has written extensively about the CEO labor market and business education.He has also been recognized for his commitment to pedagogy, twice earning the Charles M. Williams Award for Excellence in Teaching (2008, 2012) and being nominated in 2013 for the Star Family Prize for Excellence in Advising. He has also co-authored “Handbook for Leadership Theory and Practice” (2010) and “The Handbook for Teaching Leadership” (2012), seminal texts on leadership theory and pedagogical practice.As a member of the Harvard community, Khurana led or served on a number of policy-making panels, including the Committee on Academic Integrity, Campus Culture, and the Alcohol and Other Drug Services Campus-Community Collaborative. In 2011-2012, he co-chaired the Committee on Harvard College Alcohol Policy. Most recently, he served on the task force charged by Faust with recommending policies related to the privacy of electronic communications conducted at Harvard.last_img read more

Putting plants at the center of the plate

first_imgNearly three-and-a-half years after they created Forward Food plant-based culinary training at Harvard, Chef Wanda White and Ken Botts of the Humane Society of the United States returned to campus on June 4 and 5 to lead Harvard University Dining Services’ (HUDS) chefs and managers through a two-day intensive training and tasting on plant-based cuisine.In the intervening time, plants have moved to the center of many diners’ plates, as individuals recognize the health and environmental benefits of making fruits, vegetables, beans, grains, nuts and seeds the greatest focus of their daily meals.At Harvard, while the number of students who identify as vegan or vegetarian hasn’t changed much, more forgo meat as a core component of every meal. In a recent satisfaction survey, 57 percent of student respondents noted it was very important to them to eat healthy, with another 38 percent saying it was somewhat important. At the center of their definition are lean proteins, whole grains and vegetables.“This training gives our chefs a chance to reframe their thinking,” says David Davidson, managing director of HUDS. “Many of them were classically trained in a style where meat was the center of the plate and the core, defining flavor. Forward Food gives them an opportunity to explore new recipes, techniques and ingredients.”“In January of 2015, HUDS asked us if we did kitchen-based training programs,” said Ken Botts, director of Food and nutrition for the Humane Society of the United States. “I said yes, but the truth was we hadn’t ever done a formal program. We created it here, and since that first program we’ve done more than 160 culinary workshops, training more than 2,400 professionals, across the United States, and just recently extending to Canada, Europe, and South America.”“We’ve been doing a great deal of work making plants a more prominent feature on our menu,” notes Martin Breslin, HUDS’ director for Culinary Operations. “This past year, we added a dedicated plant protein dish at every lunch and dinner. By the end of the school year, we’d served almost 47,000 pounds more plant proteins than the year before. We’ve altered the ratio of meat to vegetables in countless dishes, and created stations where students can really tailor a dish’s contents to make meat a condiment, rather than a feature.”Botts notes, “It’s invaluable to us to work with food service teams like Harvard’s. They are on the front line, responding to student tastes, but also shaping the way they’ll view and consume food moving forward. What happens in a campus dining hall can alter an individual’s approach to food for the rest of their lives, and we’re thrilled to contribute to the knowledge base that will help guide that toward a more sustainable future.”“It’s awesome to watch our team embrace new ways of thinking,” says Davidson. “They’re tasting these new recipes and they’re excited by the possibilities. They’re energized by the work.” Read Full Storylast_img read more

Argentine Air Force Strengthens Airspace Defense

first_imgBy Eduardo Szklarz/Diálogo December 18, 2018 The Argentine Air Force (FAA, in Spanish) strengthened its airspace defense capabilities during Exercise Integrador (Integrator in English ) 2018, as part of preparations for the 2018 G20 Buenos Aires Summit, carried out in the city of Buenos Aires, November 30th-December 1st. The event gathered the world’s main heads of state. Between November 12th-20th, Exercise Integrador mobilized FAA service members with flights between the cities of Villa Gesell and Tandil in Buenos Aires province. Service members conducted tactical air, search and rescue, aircraft interception, and air refueling operations. The objective was to ensure airspace defense during the event, in coordination with the Argentine Army, Navy, and security forces. “FAA honed all its resources, both human and material, to bring security that an event as important as the G20 deserved,” Colonel Juan Soto, FAA undersecretary general, told Diálogo. “About 500 people took part in the exercise, operating in their respective military branches.” According to Col. Soto, the training sought to optimize FAA’s efforts and highlight them for such event. “Exercise Integrador is a perfect example of our operational capabilities, not only in our weapons systems, but also with our personnel,” the officer said. Villa Gesell and Tandil Integrador 2018 featured the A-4AR Fightinghawk, IA-63 Pampa, IA-58 Pucará, and Hercules KC-130 aircraft, as well as Bell 412 helicopters, among others. During the first part of the training, service members used Pucará aircraft and Bell 412 helicopters in Villa Gesell, conducting reconnaissance flights and operational practices. After the activities, inhabitants of the coastal town were able to take a closer look at the aircraft at Villa Gesell Airport, with free admission. On November 16th, military personnel flew to the 6th Air Brigade of Tandil to start the second stage of the exercise, which included the rest of the weapons systems. “Pilots basically trained in airspace defense,” FAA Colonel Diego García, commander of Exercise Integrador 2018, told Diálogo. “They carried out interceptions, air refueling, navigation and reconnaissance, combat, and search and rescue tasks.” The exercise is part of the Annual Plan of Exercises of FAA’s Training and Enlistment Command. Its relevance grew due to the G20. “The exercise enabled FAA to provide resources to the Armed Forces’ Joint Chiefs of Staff, which conducted the operations with a high degree of training during the G20 summit through the Operational Command,” said Col. García. “Crews flew every day, day and night, to conduct air tactics that contribute to our airspace defense.” Drones and radars In addition to aircraft, Exercise Integrador 2018 also used the unmanned aerial vehicles Aukan and Vigía, which FAA’s Research and Development Office designed. “We were able to use the visual information the drones obtained in real time, which went from the experimental to the operational stage and joined the exercise with the other weapon systems,” Col. Soto said. All tasks were conducted with support from the MTPS-43 radar, a 3D long-range sensor (200 nautical miles) the state-owned Institute of Applied Research updated for the G20. “With this exercise, FAA contributes to crew training, so that the Joint Chiefs of Staff’s Operational Command can conduct its operations in a timely manner,” said Col. García. To ensure airspace surveillance during the summit, FAA also used two other radars: an MTPS-43, similar to the first one, and a RAM 2, a 3D mid-range sensor (170 nautical miles). Airspace protection With Decree 1054/2018, published on November 16, 2018, in the Argentine Republic’s Official Bulletin, President Mauricio Macri established airspace protection rules. For example, an aircraft flying below minimum altitude or flying erratically, an aircraft keeping on route toward a forbidden area after a warning, or an aircraft performing aggressive maneuvers against intercepting means or using firearms will be considered “hostile or belligerent.” FAA follows a grading protocol that starts with a warning against air incursions. “The idea was to guarantee absolute security within the airspace during the summit,” Col. Soto said.last_img read more

Is technology killing your credit union’s creativity?

first_imgA Simple 3-Step Plan for Profitable Member LoyaltyThe answer is, YES! But who can place blame with so many industry wide obstacles in your way: the financial crisis, intrusive government regulations (that have arguably done more harm than good), the ever-elusive omni-channel pressure, non-traditional competitors with their eye on increased market share, and, on top of it all, bearing the financial burden of the increasingly frequent large card compromises due to data breaches. This collective strife has clouded the horizon of adaptive innovation and made the credit union industry an easy target for mega banks and nontraditional competitors with gigantic budgets and access to unlimited technical resources.It’s time to move past survival and get into the new game.Certainly, this is a familiar experience and survival story for most credit unions – and congratulations on overcoming any of these challenges, but it’s time to get back to your core business in this new environment. This means capitalizing on existing advantages and driving member loyalty through new and creative products and programs. Easier said than done, I know, since the answer is not simply a new widget or app.Actually, the boiler plate products that are currently being offered to members have been due for an overhaul dating back much further than the industry challenges of the last 8 years. We are now playing catch up with non-traditional competitors (Google, Apple, Paypal, Square, etc. – this list is growing by the second) and mega banks to emulate the new service standards driven by new technology and channels. Fortunately, however, we now have more advanced means of delivering an enhanced member experience at our fingertips.Technology is a tool – not a differentiator. Competitive edge is creative, personal experiences.From the perspective of credit union executives, budget cycles are and will continue to be dominated by channel and system upgrades and replacements – understood. While keeping systems current and providing services through the preferred member channels is critical, it is not going to create differentiation and consumer choices needed to achieve ultimate success. Creating innovative member and account loyalty programs that add true value to the member experience will drive profitable member behavior for the credit union.Credit Unions need a flexible technology that promotes an understanding of their members’ spending patterns, lifestyle choices, location, social status, etc. In addition, it should then allow them to act on theses insights to deploy effective, loyalty programs that leverages all of the data a credit union possesses – even if the data doesn’t reside on the core system.This course can redefine “service” and give you the fire power to not only beat your standard market competition, but also the “technology disrupters”(Apple, Google, et al..) that are all jockeying to get slice of the financial services market. How do we get there? With technology that works for you (not the other way around), using member data to its upmost potential and enabling creativity in program development that is readily adoptable. The good news is that with a few slight adjustments to your current approach to product management and promotions, your bank could dramatically increase revenue and simultaneously give new meaning and value to your technology road map.The Key is NOT just developing an Authentic Strategy – It is Delivering It! Most of the new product features and promotional strategies that could be used to maximize your product offering will be derived from the data you already have in your system, today. This is original and unique power that is often under-utilized. Leveraging your data to understand the spending habits of your members and taking action on that information will give you the power to create programs that will influence profitable behavior. Moreover, the positive byproduct of this approach is truly building member loyalty.Here is the ACTION PLAN:Take a Fresh Look at Your DataFind an outside partner to complete a comprehensive market, product data and channel usage assessment. The assessment should begin with an examination of past performance at a market level and credit union level to identify gaps that can be filled with product solutions. The analysis should continue with a deep dive into demographics and member behavior. This will help you fine tune product concepts that will deliver the most compelling product set while balancing cost of funds with account growth. While most credit unions have invested a lot of money in CRM and Business Intelligence tools to allow them to understand their credit unions performance, getting a fresh perspective on your data through a different lens can open up lots of new possibilities.Get Creative, Reward Your Members!Combine your recently completed assessment with your knowledge of your members and community and create a compelling member level loyalty program. This program should provide value to your profitable members and also support the strategic goals of encouraging profitable behaviors, broadening relationships and attracting new members. Many large banks have starting to roll out reward programs focused on the customer behavior and keeping the focus on the entire relationship.  Examples include Bank of America’s Preferred Rewards Program, PNC’s Virtual Wallet and Chase’s Mortgage Cash Back. Innovative member-level loyalty programs and “specialty savings programs” designed to help members save money for life events and retirement will dominate the market soon.  You need to start your process now if you are going to compete in this market.Act On What the Data is Telling YouUnfortunately, most core systems do not offer the ability to reward members for profitable behaviors at the member level. Find a Relationship Pricing platform provider that gives you the ability leverage all your data and create robust rewards programs that will positively influence member behavior – driving increased deposits, loans, and non-interest income. The provider should be leveraging your data to create custom programs that suit your market and members, not a canned “one size fits all” product approach.Execution is Power. Help is Here.The credit union industry has to keep up with new technology and channels to answer the new definition of “service” expected by their members. Nevertheless, technology alone is not the defining factor for success. The defining factor will be the business strategies applied through the service channels.  You don’t need the newest widget or mobile app to implement innovative strategies that drive your credit unions strategic goals. Many of the answers lay within your database, but if you don’t do anything with that data, it’s useless. It’s not what you know, it’s how you apply that knowledge. I work for Saylent , and we specialize in helping credit unions create custom programs that set them apart from the rest of the financial services market. With our technology and collaborative approach we can help you build a winning strategy today! 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Mike Kersten Mike Kersten is the Sales Director at Saylent Technologies, Inc. with over 20 years of experience collaborating with community financial intuitions. 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What will be the top banking priorities of 2020?

first_img continue reading » Each year, CSI polls banking executives at U.S. financial institutions across the country to uncover the strategies, trends and issues they believe will most affect the financial sector. Take our 2020 Banking Priorities survey to share your opinion on what will move the needle in the financial industry next year.The data we receive from this survey reveals what’s on the minds of bankers across the country. Here’s what we learned last year:Customer AcquisitionThe battle for new customers is fierce. How are banks stepping up to the fight? 71% of bankers identified new customer acquisition as a major tactic toward reaching their revenue goals44% of bankers are adding self-service options like online account opening32% will implement automated customer onboarding 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Mikel Arteta warns Arsenal squad about Manchester United’s counter-attacks

first_imgMikel Arteta warns Arsenal squad about Manchester United’s counter-attacks Advertisement Advertisement Mikel Arteta is seeking his first win as Arsenal boss (Picture: Getty)Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has urged his squad not to repeat the same mistakes they made against Chelsea when they face Manchester United tonight.The Gunners host the Red Devils at the Emirates as they seek their first win under the Spaniard.Arsenal earned a spirited draw in their first game under Arteta with a 1-1 draw against Bournemouth and they were minutes away from a win against Chelsea in the last game of 2019.However, a Bernd Leno mistake followed by a Tammy Abraham winner on the counter-attack consigned the Gunners to another defeat.ADVERTISEMENT United are unbeaten against their top six rivals so far this season (Picture: Getty)United’s success this season against the top sides has been due to their ability on the counter-attack and Arteta has warned his side they can’t afford get caught out again.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘The second goal that we conceded [against Chelsea] was in a transition where we had a bad structure and organisation when defending big spaces with equal numbers,’ said Arteta.‘We made one half-bad decision and these things are similar, with space they [United] can punish you for sure.’More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errorsArsenal played well for the majority of their defeat to Chelsea and limited the Blues to few chances before succumbing in the final minutes.The opening weeks of a manager’s reign are always important as it’s their time to implement new ideas and Arteta admits he’s worried that without a win his ideas will not be transmitted to the squad.‘That’s my worry now,’ said  he said. “I hope that the result doesn’t affect them too much. They were all physically blown and disappointed in how the game ended because they didn’t feel that they deserved that, but we have to move on.‘We have another game and it’s a big one as well. They have to respond and this is the challenge now.’MORE: Frank Lampard says Wilfried Zaha is not in Chelsea’s January transfer plans Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 1 Jan 2020 5:39 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.6kShares Commentlast_img read more

Palm Lake Resort is getting a new neighbour with plenty of benefits

first_imgJudi and Trevor Bosel are loving life at Palm Lake Resort Toowomba and are looking forward to all the new facilities that their new neighbour resort will bring.PALM Lake Resort Toowoomba is getting a new neighbour and residents Trevor and Judi Bosel couldn’t be happier.The Bosel’s moved into the resort almost five years ago, and while they said they absolutely love the facilities, they are also very excited about the additional benefits that a new resort next door will bring.“We are looking forward to the new tennis courts, a tenpin bowling alley, golf simulator, sauna and outdoor infinity pool,” Mrs Bosel said.“The new lawn bowls clubhouse and eight-rink championship lawn bowls green were officially opened over Easter and we’re looking forward to the completion of the other beautiful clubhouse.”An artist impression of facilities at the new Palm Lake Resort Toowomba Pinnacle.Palm Lake Resort Toowoomba Pinnacle is a new $100 million resort being built right next to the existing Palm Lake Resort.When complete Pinnacle will include 322 homes and its own set of facilities that residents from both resorts can use.Mrs Bosel is the president of the resort’s Social Club, organising up to 10 activities for residents per month.She said she loved the active community, the sense of family and the ability to keep active with friends.“We have a very active community up here,” Mrs Bosel said, “It’s a happy, wonderful group of people.”“It would be a rare neighbourhood in suburbia to provide a similar sense of family.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home5 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor5 hours ago“And with many of our children in distant places or very busy with their own lives, that becomes even more important.”A display home at Palm Lake Resort Toowomba.Mr Bosel said they also loved that the resort actually helped them continue with their adventuring lifestyle.“We really want to continue to travel and that’s the beauty of Palm Lake Resort — we all look after one another’s mail and gardens when someone is away and when we’re home, our caravan is safe and secure in the storage compound,” he said.The Bosel’s recently spent six months travelling through South Australia in their caravan with three other couples from the resort in convoy.“We have the most marvellous network of friends here at Palm Lake Resort,” Mrs Bosel said, “And we have had all the facilities we would ever need, but soon we will have Palm Lake Resort Toowoomba Pinnacle’s new facilities as well.”Mr Bosel, a former tennis coach said the resort’s lawn bowls facility was a big drawcard for him and he was also looking forward to having a game of tennis on Pinnacle’s court when it opened.The Bosel’s decided to move into Palm Lake Resort when Mr Bosel had a health scare while on an extended around Australia adventure.With some of Mrs Bosel’s family already in Toowoomba, the deal was sealed by the resort’s fine print.“We pay no entry fees or exit fees and if we sell, we get to keep all our profit,” Mrs Bosel said.“We know people in other resorts who don’t get anywhere near those kinds of benefits, Palm Lake Resort offers an outstanding business model.”last_img read more

Dominica Carnival 2011

first_img Sharing is caring! EntertainmentLocalNews Dominica Carnival 2011 by: – March 7, 2011 Share 685 Views   no discussions Sharecenter_img Share Tweet Here are a few photographs higlighting Jourvet morning in Colihaut, Mahaut, Salisbury and St. Joseph.[nggallery id=15]last_img

New Horizons celebrates ‘Golden Anniversary’

first_imgBatesville, In. — Batesville-based New Horizons Rehabilitation, Inc. is celebrating 50 years of serving the southeastern Indiana region this week. The organization provides individual services for developmentally disabled residents so they lead a full and satisfying life.Specifically, programs like Community Connections, Community Employment Services, Industrial Work Services and Life Skills give their clients the tools to enrich their lives. Hands-on opportunities like the Friendly Bean Café give clients the chance to develop work skills in a safe, inclusive environment while interacting with others and building relationships.The Friendly Bean Café is located at 150 Mary Street in Lawrenceburg and is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. The café offers lunch specials, sandwiches and salads using quality ingredients at reasonable prices.New Horizons Rehabilitation serves nearly 300 clients and employs about 190 people.last_img read more

Thomas Eugene Smith

first_imgNeal’s Funeral Home306 S Walnut St.Osgood, IN 47037812-689-4262Thomas Eugene Smith, age 59 of Westport, Indiana, passed away quietly at his home early Tuesday morning October 9, 2018. His brother Tim and other family members were at his side. He was born on December 24, 1958 in Milan, Indiana. He was the loving son of the late Ernest Charles and Laura Duncan Smith. He was raised with his four brothers and four sisters and had attended Moores Hill High School.His family pleasantly described Tom as a dreamer! He loved to tell ghost stories along with many other stories. He loved joking with his family and friends and also loved to tinker with electronics. Before Tom became ill, he had been employed at GECOM in Greensburg.Tom will be sadly missed by three brothers: Mike Smith of Shelbyville, Ronald (Tracy) Smith of Napoleon, and Timothy Smith of Westport. Also surviving are three sisters: Kathy Popp of Dillsboro, Terri Sims of Batesville and Cindy (Richard) Byrd of Osgood. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother Kenneth Smith and one sister Nancy McAdams.Services will be held all in one day, Monday, October 15, 2018 at Neal’s Funeral Home from 1:00 pm until the time of the funeral, which will be at 2:00 pm. Burial will be at Cravens Cemetery near Milan, Indiana. Memorial donations may go to the family.www.nealsfuneralhome.netlast_img read more