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Speaker to non-profits: Update your status

Tim Miles delivers the keynote address at the 2010 Regional Governor. (Photograph by Tim Hunt/The Times.)

Tim Miles delivers the keynote address at the 2010 Regional Governor.
(Photograph by Tim Hunt/The Times.)

Not-for-profit organizations must seize the day on social media and other emerging technologies to remain relevant and attract the best volunteers.

That was a theme of the keynote address at Thursday’s regional Governor’s Conference on Service and Volunteerism at Ivy Tech Community College.

Leverage new technologies, respect volunteers and don’t waste their time with disorganization, speaker Tim Miles told the 80 attendees from social, service and civic agencies.
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Hoosiers better off because of fiscal prudence, Daniels says

Gov. Mitch Daniels talks about the financial state of Indiana during a speech Wednesday at the Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce luncheon at VU. (Photograph by The Times.)

Gov. Mitch Daniels talks about the financial state of Indiana during a speech Wednesday at the Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce luncheon at VU. (Photograph by The Times.)

Boosting Hoosiers’ disposable income while creating an environment attractive to business investment has been the aim of the Daniels administration—and it has succeeded at that.

That was Gov. Mitch Daniels’ assessment in an address sponsored by the Greater Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday at Valparaiso University.

The state government has operated lean the past five and a half years so Hoosiers can keep more of their money, he said.

As a result, the state has been able to weather the current recession better than most other states, he said.
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Taking care of business

Song Hailong, of Huzhou City in China, looks at firefighting nozzles during a tour Friday of Task Force Tips in Valparaiso. (Photograph by The Times.)

Song Hailong, of Huzhou City in China, looks at firefighting nozzles during a tour Friday of Task Force Tips in Valparaiso. (Photograph by The Times.)

Leading a delegation of five officials from China’s Wuxing District of Huzhou City, a beaming Mayor Cai Xuchang said his city can “absolutely” do business with Valparaiso.

That must have been music to the ears of Valparaiso officials hosting the delegation from the municipality southwest of Shanghai. The group toured area business, education and recreation sites Friday.

Spurring economic development and attracting international trade was the goal of the visit, Valparaiso Planning Director Craig Phillips said.

The city hopes to convince Chinese companies and individuals to invest in or bring business to Valparaiso, Phillips said.
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Organizations honored for helping improve community

Franklin House co-owner Jason Evans holds up his Heritage Award, left, for historic preservation of a building in Valparaiso and his Community Improvement Award, right, after being honored at the 43rd annual Valparaiso Community Improvement Award luncheon at the Valparaiso University Harre Union Wednesday. (Photograph by The Times.)

Franklin House co-owner Jason Evans holds up his Heritage Award, left, for historic preservation of a building in Valparaiso and his Community Improvement Award, right, after being honored at the 43rd annual Valparaiso Community Improvement Award luncheon at the Valparaiso University Harre Union Wednesday. (Photograph by The Times.)

Bungee jumpers sometimes need that push off the ledge to carry out their plan, Task Force Tips President Stewart McMillan told attendees at Wednesday’s annual Greater Valparaiso Community Improvement Awards.

For him, McMillan said, that push to carry through with plans to expand his business including a replica facade of a turn-of-the-century fire house came from Martin Sonnenberg, board chair-elect of the Greater Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce.

For the effort, the fire-fighting equipment manufacturer received one of the 10 awards for enhancing the attractiveness of and pride in the city.
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Amenities will abound at new hospital

Rendering of the planned Porter Hospital to be located on U.S. 6 and Ind. 49 in Liberty Township.

Rendering of the planned Porter Hospital to be located on U.S. 6 and Ind. 49 in Liberty Township.

Porter hospital’s new Liberty Township campus set to open in 2012 will offer convenience, environmentally sustainable features and more highly trained doctors to staff it.

That the promise of Porter Health System CEO Jonathan Nalli, who spoke last week while announcing the start of construction at the site on U.S. 6 at Ind. 49.

The $225 million facility will include a two-story, natural light-filled lobby to speed admission procedures and an emergency area designed “to shave seconds off” the critical transition to treatment, Nalli said.
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Porter hospital project could create 600 construction jobs

Porter Memorial Hospital CEO Jonathan Nalli announces the winning construction bidders Thursday for the new hospital project at U.S. 6 and Ind. 49 in Liberty Township. The work is expected to create 600 temporary jobs. (Photograph by The Times.)

Porter Memorial Hospital CEO Jonathan Nalli announces the winning construction bidders Thursday for the new hospital project at U.S. 6 and Ind. 49 in Liberty Township. The work is expected to create 600 temporary jobs. (Photograph by The Times.)

Six hundred construction jobs could be created over the next two years with the construction of the new Porter hospital main campus, Porter Health System CEO Jonathan Nalli said Thursday.

Those jobs could support a payroll between $60 million and $65 million, Nalli said.

Beyond being a replacement hospital, the new facility at the northwest corner of Ind. 49 and U.S. 6 in Liberty Township could spur the economy and help move Northwest Indiana out of the recession, he said.
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Karen Vogelsang

(Photograph by Jon L. Hendricks.)

(Photograph by Jon L. Hendricks.)

There’s something about the monkey mug Karen Vogelsang has her morning coffee in that doesn’t quite fit with her smartly-appointed business suite.

It seems too informal, too fun—at first. But then the visitor realizes the mug identifies Vogelsang as more than a financial advisor. She’s a real person, too. And that’s key to her calling, which she sees as more than simply managing clients’ money. Hers is a relationship business, Vogelsang says.

“I like people—a lot,” says Vogelsang, senior financial advisor and registered principal at Vogelsang Asset Management in Valparaiso. “I know a lot about my clients—sometimes more than their doctors know.” That intimate connection with clients even led one—an 85-year-old lady—to ask Vogelsang to be maid of honor at her wedding.

Raised in Kankakee, Illinois, Vogelsang earned a business degree at Valparaiso University in 1980. She went into insurance sales and estate planning, with some part-time helping out in her husband’s pizza restaurant. When children came along, she took a “sabbatical” for several years to raise them, but also owned and ran a dress shop during that period.
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VU wants boost in growth

Valparaiso University junior Diana Stutzman reads Thursday while enjoying the warm weather on VU's campus. University officials are hoping to increase the school's population to about 6,000 in the next five years. Currently, about 3850 undergraduate and graduate students are enrolled. (Photograph by Jon L. Hendricks/The Times.)

Valparaiso University junior Diana Stutzman reads Thursday while enjoying the warm weather on VU's campus. University officials are hoping to increase the school's population to about 6,000 in the next five years. Currently, about 3850 undergraduate and graduate students are enrolled. (Photograph by Jon L. Hendricks/The Times.)

An ambitious goal to increase Valparaiso University’s enrollment by more than 50 percent over the next five years includes plans to triple the number of international students.

The university aims to expand its combined undergraduate and graduate student population from the current 3,850 to 6,000, Vice President for Enrollment Management Boyd Bradshaw said.

Undergraduate enrollment would rise from about 2,800 to 4,500.

As part of the push, international enrollment would grow to 900. The current number is just over 300, or about 8 percent of the student body. The increases would raise that figure to 15 percent, putting VU on a comparable footing with other universities, Bradshaw said.

The university is also looking to diversify its international cohort, with India, China and Korea the likely focus of coming recruitment, he said.

Creating a globally diverse campus will attract strong students who realize the need for a global perspective to compete in the world marketplace, Bradshaw said.

Associate Provost Renu Juneja said the aim is to create students with a global outlook when not all will be able to study abroad.

“If we make this a truly international community here, students will have that cross-cultural experience,” she said.

In addition to the focus on international students, the university looks to achieve the goal by improving its retention rate and boosting the number of graduate students, Bradshaw said.
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New VU building to benefit Valpo

A state-of-the-art engineering center set to open at Valparaiso University next year could draw visitors and businesses to the city and become a destination for elementary to high school study groups.

The $13 million center recently approved by the university’s board of directors will be an educational tool benefitting Valparaiso as well as the university, said Kraig Olejniczak, dean of the VU College of Engineering.

Construction of the 13,500-square-foot Donald V. Fites Engineering Innovation Center is set to begin next month, with completion in time for the start of the 2011 fall semester.

The project will bring the physical infrastructure of VU’s engineering programs in line with the quality of its staff and curriculum and hopefully encourage firms to locate nearby to take advantage of the engineers graduating, Olejniczak said.

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Getting dirty for Dunes, Disney

Chesterton resident and volunteer Maureen Foos carries a block of planters in the National Lakeshore greenhouse in preparation for spring during Saturday's Stewardship Day at the National Lakeshore. The day is one of a series of events formulated to attract new volunteer help to the National Lakeshore. (Photograph by Kyle Telechan/The Times.)

Chesterton resident and volunteer Maureen Foos carries a block of planters in the National Lakeshore greenhouse in preparation for spring during Saturday's Stewardship Day at the National Lakeshore. The day is one of a series of events formulated to attract new volunteer help to the National Lakeshore. (Photograph by Kyle Telechan/The Times.)

The win-win of this particular volunteer day will be realized at Indiana’s national park and a Florida amusement park.

Volunteers on Saturday helped fill planting flats with a mix of dirt, sand and shredded coconut husk in preparation for sowing at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s greenhouse. In return, a number of helpers will enjoy a free day at Walt Disney World. The Disney “Give a Day, Get a Day” program is designed to encourage community volunteering nationwide.

Angela Williams, of Mount Vernon, Ohio, was with a group of friends from Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Ill., who joined the lakeshore’s stewardship day. “I think playing with dirt is really fun,” Williams said. “If I get to help somebody out while I’m doing it, that’s awesome.” The five friends had plans to drive to Florida for spring break and will receive a free Disney pass, Williams said. That always helps on a college student’s budget, she said.
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