Education & Workforce Development

Local facility first to offer overnight help for anorexia: Lotus House fills void for those with eating disordersRestricted Content

April 10, 2006
Scott Olson
A spacious home near Stony Creek in Noblesville once known as the Hare estate has been transformed into an intensive treatment facility for young women struggling with severe eating disorders. Dubbed Lotus House, the three-story residence began hosting patients in October. Partners Patrick Hall, 40, and Misty Rees, 33, founded the facility to provide an inpatient alternative to standard care. The facility, which offers therapies for anorexia nervosa and bulimia, is just the second in the Indianapolis area to treat...
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Financial Strategies Mortgage Inc.: Training firm meeting national demand More states require continuing education for mortgage lendersRestricted Content

April 10, 2006
Ed Callahan
Launched in 1998 by consultant Aaron Wilson, the training firm is cashing in on the national demand for continuing education programs. Revenue topped $5 million last year, a significant jump from the $200,000 the company collected the first year it offered classes. Financial Strategies found its focus in 2000, when the state began requiring loan officers in Indiana to take continuing education classes-even though there weren't any classes here for them to take. Wilson jumped on the opportunity. "In one...
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NOTIONS: College tour reverie: How we got from there to hereRestricted Content

April 10, 2006
Bruce Hetrick
The Lenox Hotel, Boston-My son, Austin, doesn't remember this, but we've stayed here before. Last time around, he and his twin brother, Zach, posed in the buff for a Beantown photographer. Now, don't get the wrong idea about my sons. That was 17 years ago. And they're nearly 18 today. So we're talking infant shots here. Baby pix. Neophyte photo fare sans Pampers. Back then, I worked for an East Coast ad agency. One of our clients, a Massachusetts hospital,...
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COMPEN$ATION CLASH: Complexity boosts not-for-profit pay, but should work be its own reward?Restricted Content

April 10, 2006
Andrea Muirragui
At least two large Indianapolis not-for-profits have been investigated-and cleared-as part of an Internal Revenue Service examination of compensation practices at tax-exempt organizations. Preliminary results of the nationwide inquiry aren't expected until fall, but the scrutiny already has increased the volume in an ongoing debate over how not-for-profit executives should be paid. Some observers have called for setting limits on not-for-profit compensation, citing the charitable nature of the work. Others insist sixor seven-figure pay packages are not out of line...
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EYE ON THE PIE: School projects create winners and losersRestricted Content

April 3, 2006
Morton Marcus
Strange it is that Indiana newspapers are atwitter with concern about changing the clocks. One would think this is some terrorist threat. All Indiana counties will go to daylightsaving time, which will be a novelty for the majority of us. Some counties now on Eastern time will switch to Central time and not have to change their clocks until October (Central Daylight Time being the same as Eastern Standard Time). The time switch is a non-event. It is an unnecessary...
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Tourism's new buzz: Product development: Officials want to build on Indiana's unique assetsRestricted Content

April 3, 2006
Matthew Kish
Billboards in southern Indiana used to tug spelunkers in four different directions. Come to Marengo Caves. Spend an afternoon at Bluespring Caverns. Visit Wyandotte Caves. Don a headlamp at Squire Boone Caverns. Two years ago, however, operators at the four attractions decided it might be a better use of cash to market the area as a single attraction. They pooled their advertising budgets and printed a brochure that listed all four destinations. They also created a passport that visitors could...
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Brand balances big bucks and books: NCAA chief: Boosting revenue not out of sync with educationRestricted Content

April 3, 2006
Anthony Schoettle
Which of those constituent groups is most important to Brand is open to debate. Since Brand stepped down as Indiana University president to take over at the NCAA in January 2003, the association's annual revenue has grown from $433.2 million to $521.1 million. The increase is driven largely by an 11-year, $6 billion TV contract with CBS that took effect during the 2002-2003 sports season. Under Brand's watch, the NCAA has ushered in new sponsors, including Sirius Satellite Radio, Direct...
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Clarian plans training center: Doctors, nurses to sharpen skills in $44 million buildingRestricted Content

April 3, 2006
Tom Murphy
A team led by Clarian Health Partners will add a $44 million training center to the cluster of life sciences businesses taking root around the Central Canal on the northern edge of downtown. The Indianapolis hospital network recently filed plans with the city to build a six-story, 182,750-square-foot building on the eastern side of the canal. The site sits just south of a pathology laboratory on 11th Street that Clarian plans to dedicate later this month. The Indiana University schools...
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Indiana Sports Corp. expands youth initiative: John Byers hired from Tabernacle Presbyterian to lead effort to address health issues of city's childrenRestricted Content

April 3, 2006
Anthony Schoettle
After more than 20 years heading up one of the biggest youth sports programs in Indianapolis, John Byers is leaving Tabernacle Presbyterian Church to help Indiana Sports Corp. play a bigger role in improving the health of Hoosier children. Byers will become ISC's vice president for youth programming, a new executivelevel position at the not-for-profit, on April 10. "The Indiana Sports Corp. made a decision to look at youth wellness in our city and in our state," said Susan Williams,...
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VIEWPOINT: 'Eating our young' as a way of mentoring?Restricted Content

March 27, 2006
Tim Mulherin
I recently came across an insightful publication by the Center for the Development of Peace and Well-Being at the University of California, Berkley, called Greater Good. One article especially caught my attention: "Inspiring Good Work" (spring-summer 2005 issue) by researchers Wendy Fischman and Howard Garner, of Harvard University's GoodWork Project. As highlighted in the article, the GoodWork Project's research, under way for the past decade, has revealed that young people leaving college and embarking on their professional careers are finding...
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Web sites drive business 24/7:Restricted Content

March 27, 2006
Lorraine Ball
Define your objectives Before investing in a design, decide what you want to accomplish. For example, you may be trying to: Let people know about your company. Your Web site establishes credibility by providing customers and prospects an introduction to your firm. Develop a research tool. Online surveys help gather information regarding customer preferences, interests and market trends. Operate a retail shop. Some sites offer customers the opportunity to collect information, view pricing and shop online. Extend your customer-service department....
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SPORTS: Byproducts abundant at basketball's big eventRestricted Content

March 27, 2006
Bill Benner
Our big basketball week is upon us. With it, I have some hopes. For starters, I hope we don't take the event and all that comes with it for granted. The NCAA's Men's Final Four is one of the few moveable mega-feasts in sports. That local visionaries dreamed big dreams and put in place the venues, forged the relationships, and formed the partnerships to make Indianapolis the only city to be part of the Final Four's permanent rotation is an...
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Master planner: Veteran event organizer Smith helps city land major eventsRestricted Content

March 27, 2006
Matthew Kish
Maribeth Smith never talks about herself. Despite engineering some of the biggest events in the city's history-everything from Final Fours to the Jazz Fest to last year's meeting of the American Association of Museums-she's loathe to use the word "I." She prefers "we." As in "we" the city. Or "we" Maribeth Smith & Associates, her 14-year-old event planning firm. But as reticent as the 62-yearold Smith might be to take credit for her accomplishments, convention organizers and city officials say...
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STATEHOUSE DISPATCH: Short but historic session produces election plot linesRestricted Content

March 27, 2006
Ed Feigenbaum
You can go home now (unless you live in Perry Township) and rest somewhat assured that the governor and state lawmakers won't do anything untoward to you until, at the soonest, November. Yes, the 2006 short session of the Indiana General Assembly has run its course, and left the state with some key policy and economic legacies. Not the least of them, as we have discussed at length in this column, and has been covered elsewhere in these pages, are...
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New Rose-Hulman chief a contrast to predecessor: Arizona academic takes reins after Midgley ousterRestricted Content

March 27, 2006
Peter Schnitzler
If higher education were a business, graduates would be its core product. Economic development would be a promising second line. New Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology President Gerald Jakubowski wants to make sure he's delivering exactly what the market demands. "At Rose-Hulman, we need to make sure we're meeting the needs of business and industry," Jakubowski said. "For a seamless transition into the work force, students must learn by doing." Jakubowski, 56, could be describing his own path to the president's...
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Art Institute students face changing world of design: Businesses should keep interior designers in demandRestricted Content

March 27, 2006
Tracy Donhardt
Facing an expanding world of corporate rebranding, homier hospital rooms and high-tech theaters in every suburb, students entering the field of interior design know they'll be doing more than redecorating high-end homes. What once was considered predominantly a luxury service for wealthy homeowners wanting to expand their drawing rooms, interior design became a necessity in business years ago. Today, a majority of interior designers handle both residential and commercial work. And a growing number of firms that specialize in commercial...
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Ad firm's new HQ shows imagination: Former school gets makeover for Young & LaramoreRestricted Content

March 27, 2006
Tammy Lieber
The Indianapolis-based advertising firm's former building, at 409 Massachusetts Ave., featured an interior atrium, open work spaces and a large fish sculpture in the window that caught the eye of passersby on the busy commercial corridor. For its new building, a former school tucked into Lockerbie Square a few blocks away, the firm had to decide how to creatively use a choppedup floor plan, complete with a gymnasium in the middle. Young & Laramore enlisted Eric Rowland and Sarah Schwarzkopf...
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BULLS & BEARS: I'm all for optimism, but be skeptical, tooRestricted Content

March 27, 2006
Dave Gilreath
When viewing the historical record of the stock market, it is clear investors who maintained a positive longterm stance have been rewarded with attractive compounded returns, despite some significant zigs and zags in between. Americans are, on balance, an optimistic bunch, especially when it comes to our outlook for the future. A "best is yet to come" policy has served us well, providing the drive to innovate and improve our country's standard of living. Nevertheless, when it comes to making...
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TOM HARTON Commentary: Kids were pawns in an adult gameRestricted Content

March 27, 2006
Judge S. Hugh Dillin is dead, but the negative consequences of his school desegregation orders are still with us. Dillin, who died March 13, didn't invent white flight, suburban sprawl or broken urban school systems, but if those problems were smoldering in 1970s Indianapolis, Dillin's decisions poured gasoline on the fire. This column is not a diatribe against Dillin. His decisions were only interpretations of the law, after all, and the highest court in the land affirmed them. Based on...
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EYE ON THE PIE: Waiter shines light on educationRestricted Content

March 20, 2006
Morton Marcus
I spent most of a recent weekend in the hospital, but no one seems to want to hear that story. It wasn't much of a story, as it turns out, but the bill, which will fall on you, will be enormous. My part of the bill will be small because I am covered by Medicare and private health insurance. This means you will see my use of the health care system reflected in your future taxes and in your future...
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More students seek degree online: Working, career-hopping adults drawn by flexible degree formatRestricted Content

March 20, 2006
Chris O\'malley
ITT Educational Services Inc. may nearly double by the end of this year the number of degree programs it offers entirely through online instruction as the school seeks to enroll students who can't make class because of work or family obligations. Six online bachelor degree programs and two online associate degree programs are in various stages of regulatory and accreditation review, according to the Carmel-based technical education provider, which has 38,800 students enrolled at schools in 28 states. President and...
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TechPoint names up-and-coming Mira nominees: Annual award celebrates excellence in innovationRestricted Content

March 20, 2006
Peter Schnitzler
TechPoint won't distribute its annual Mira awards until its banquet at the Indiana Roof Ballroom May 19. But the state's largest high-tech trade association has completed the nomination process for its top awards, pulling together a list of 49 innovative companies and educators in such categories as information technology, life sciences and advanced manufacturing. About 750 people usually attend the Mira banquet. But the awards are meant to reverberate among a far wider population all year long as confirmation which...
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Federal patent legislation could mean major changes: Proposed reform act could cut down on 'trolling' and litigation by switching approvals to a first-to-file systemRestricted Content

March 20, 2006
Scott Olson
Pending federal legislation could bring sweeping changes to a patent system critics say is broken and in need of repair. The Patent Reform Act-before Congress since last year-presents the most substantial overhaul in decades. Significant changes include creating a process to challenge patents after they are granted and awarding a patent to the first person to submit paperwork. Patents currently are granted to the first person who hatched the invention, regardless of when documents were filed. Time frames, though, can...
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Mooresville hospital plans next expansion: $33 million project would add emergency department, boost other service areasRestricted Content

March 20, 2006
Tom Murphy
St. Francis Hospital-Mooresville might finally land the emergency department town leaders want, thanks to a proposed $33 million expansion and renovation. Plans for an emergency department surfaced in bond paperwork the hospital filed recently with the Indiana Health and Educational Facility Financing Authority. The filing said the hospital also plans to add private rooms and renovate its surgery, joint and colorectal care facilities. Adding an emergency department also was mentioned in a lawsuit St. Francis officials filed last year against...
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Irwin to idle failed foray into venture capital: $20 million fund formed during dot-com boom, focused on financial softwareRestricted Content

March 13, 2006
Peter Schnitzler
Indiana's sixth-largest venture capital fund is winding down. Founded in 1999, Irwin Ventures LLC is a subsidiary of Columbus-based Irwin Financial Corp. The fund, which in recent years reported assets of $20 million, focused on seed and early-stage investments in startup firms that create financial services software and technology. But Irwin Ventures' speculative investments didn't pan out as expected. "Based on the results since inception, this line of business was a financial disaster," said Ross Demmerle, an analyst with Louisville-based...
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