New Martin University president draws ire

In less than four months, new Martin University President Algeania Freeman said, she hit her two main objectives for the state's only predominantly black university: cut costs and increase fund raising. But her whirlwind of activity has not come without controversy.
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Simic leaving big shoes to fill at IU: Foundation leader will serve as president emeritus and stay involved with school

Curt Simic has spent 31 years as a student and in various positions at Indiana University. That's nearly half his life devoted to the Bloomington campus. So it's no surprise that Simic, 66, views his retirement as president of the IU Foundation-his most recent post and one he's held the past 20 years-with mixed emotions. While he's looking forward to having time to go bike riding-as a student in the early 1960s, Simic competed in the school's Little 500 Bicycle...
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United Way tries to make the grade with literacy program: Education initiatives showing early success

Last summer, the United Way of Central Indiana decided it needed to go to school. The not-for-profit concluded that to achieve its goal of building stronger communities, it needed to supplement its human-service initiatives with a comprehensive focus on early childhood development and elementary education. "Our board decided we needed to elevate what we're doing with schools and focus on root causes of why students don't succeed," said Ellen Annala, CEO of United Way. "If we don't invest now when...
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Ivy Tech ex-president repays $20,000 following audit of expenses

Retired Ivy Tech Community College President Gerald Lamkin has repaid nearly $20,000 after a review of the college foundation's expense-reimbursement policy uncovered bills that had been paid for him without proper documentation. College and foundation officials call the accounting lapse and Lamkin's inability to produce receipts for all the submitted expenses an "innocent oversight" and have implemented a revised policy with tighter controls.
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Officials turn up call for 2-year degrees: State putting emphasis on higher education options

State and local leaders are turning up the amp on the importance of higher education, but they're also trying to tune students into the message that being college-educated doesn't have to mean spending four years at a university. In recent weeks, both Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard and Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels have loudly proclaimed the state's need for more workers with twoyear degrees. While government officials have long said the state needs a more educated work force to attract business,...
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Browning to build warehouse for Markey's Audio Visual:

Indianapolis-based Browning Investments Inc. will build a 30,000-square-foot office/warehouse for Markey's Audio Visual in the Keystone Enterprise Park, boosting the park's occupancy to about 90 percent. That's a huge milestone for the 62-acre development, which sits in the blighted Martindale-Brightwood neighborhood, say officials with Browning and the city of Indianapolis. Keystone Enterprise Park, near Interstate 70 and Keystone Avenue, is a city-led venture launched to bring jobs and private investment to the near-northeast side. The goal was 600 jobs; more...
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