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The United Way begins campaign with kick-off event


The United Way Campaign Kick-Off began fundraising today with a picnic at IU Memorial Stadium. Berry Lessow, executive director for United Way of Monroe County, stated this year’s fundraiser goal is about 1.4 million dollars, 15,000dollars more than last year’s goal.

United Way will work for the next several months to raise money from corporations, small companies, and individuals in the community. Lessow explains, “We have been very fortunate that many people throughout the community, our generous with their donation to United Way. And generous with their understanding that we are working to make a significant difference , measurable, sustained difference in the lives of people who live here.”

The funds that The United Way raise go to boosting education, employment, and earning stability in Monroe County along with having resources available when a natural disaster occurs. They provide community members with a safe place to live, access to sufficient food, medical care, and many other services available to people who need them. One of their more successful programs is a free tax filling service.

“We offer free community tax that helps about 250 people file their income taxes, federal and state, no charge. Those are the sorts of the opportunities that people through United Way and our agencies. And their are many, many others to be able to save money and grow their savings.”

Lessow is optimistic about this year’s fundraiser. Last year, United Way raised six thousand dollars more than planned, and Lessow says he hopes for an even better outcome from the 2013 campaign.

Books Unbound – A Study in Scarlet, Part 5


In this episode:
“A Study in Scarlet” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

About this Author:
Born on 22 May 1859, in Edinburgh, Scotland, Arthur Conan Doyle went on to study medicine at Edinburgh University from 1876 to 1881, during which time he began writing short stories. His first published work was “The Mystery of Sasassa Valley,” which appeared in 1879. With the publication of A Study in Scarlet, Conan Doyle created the characters of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson who would make him famous. He based the deductive reasoning that characterized Holmes on the techniques of Joseph Bell, one of his instructors in medical school. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle died on 7 July 1930, far more famous as a writer than as a doctor.

About this book:
Originally titled “A Tangled Skein.” A Study in Scarlet first appeared in Beeton’s Christmas Annual (1887), and was published as a book in July, 1888. Twenty-seven year-old Conan Doyle received £25 for full rights to the story, which he had written in three weeks in 1886. The work, the first of only four full-length Sherlock Holmes novels, introduced the consulting detective and the faithful Dr. Watson, who also chronicled their adventures in fifty-six short stories to make the Baker Street team the most famous pair in detective fiction. Although it attracted little notice at the time, it’s portrayal of Mormonism soon became controversial.

About this program:
Books burn; ideas endure. Books Unbound is a weekly showcase of literary works banned by those who fear the power of the pen. The program promotes literary reading and curiosity, challenging listeners to consider viewpoints that may be different from our own. Each week we bring you literature prohibited by governments, schools, and religious institutions. In the words of French philosopher Emile-Auguste Chartier, “nothing is as dangerous as an idea, when it’s the only one you’ve got.” Books Unbound is a production of community radio WFHB in Bloomington, Indiana.

Hola Bloomington – September 27, 2013


Hostess Raquel Anderson and Ramon Tristani interview David Cervantes a member of Latinos Unidos and explains what is this program about.

Also Mesa redonda with Minerva Sosa, some interviews from the event at the MCPL on September 14th, the news and the events of the week.

The Anonymous People


Local organizations that provide support for those with substance abuse addictions have come together to create the documentary film “The Anonymous People to Bloomington.” WFHB News Director Alycin Bektesh speaks with Kris Roehling  and Jill Matheny-Fuqua, both currently in recovery themselves, about the grassroots effort to bring the film to town, for today’s WFHB feature exclusive. Information about tickets is available at the following website: http://gathr.us/screening/5351.

Volunteer Connection – September 27, 2013


A weekly snapshot of how people of all ages can match their time and talents to local needs. Each week Volunteer Connection brings you the “featured five” – five ways to get involved NOW! Volunteer Connection is a co-production of WFHB and the City of Bloomington Volunteer Network, working together to build an empowered, vibrant, and engaged community!

Voices in the Street – Friends, Fusion and Fun: Celebrating 20 Years of Lotus


The Lotus Festival kicked off yesterday and the coming days promise loads of music, a parade, multiple workshops and more fun than you can shake a cabassa at.   Voices in the Street hit the streets to ask your friends and neighbors if they’re planning on attending the festival and about some of their favorite Lotus memories.

Daily Local News – September 27, 2013


Chad Roeder explains what led him to close the downtown recycling center temporarily; The United Way Campaign Kick-Off began fundraising today with a picnic at IU Memorial Stadium; At a meeting on Monday the Bloomington Utilities Service Board heard an update from the company it hired to study the expenses of the Utilities Department; The Association of Indiana Counties announced Wednesday that Monroe County received the 2013 Local Government Cooperation Award.

The Anonymous People
Local organizations that provide support for those with substance abuse addictions have come together to create the documentary film “The Anonymous People to Bloomington.” WFHB News Director Alycin Bektesh speaks with Kris Roehling  and Jill Matheny-Fuqua, both currently in recovery themselves, about the grassroots effort to bring the film to town, for today’s WFHB feature exclusive. Information about tickets is available at the following website: http://gathr.us/screening/5351.

Local organizations scout the listening area for service help on Volunteer Connection, linking YOU to current volunteer opportunities in our community.

Anchors: Helen Harrell, Roscoe Medlock
Today’s headlines were written by Allison Schroeder and Yin Yuan,
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Alycin Bektesh,
Volunteer Connection is produced by Ilze Ackerbergs, in partnership with the city of Bloomington Volunteer Network.
Our engineer is Harrison Wagner,
Editor is Drew Daudelin,
Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh.

The 14th annual Hoosiers Outrun Cancer


The 14th annual Hoosier Outrun Cancer will take place this Saturday. The proceeds will go to the Olcott Center for Cancer Education, and towards services that support the families of those with cancer. Kim Rudolph, special event manager with the Bloomington Hospital Foundation, gives some background on how the event got started.

Rudolph introduces it is an event that was started since 2010. It raise  the help of support the Olcott Center for Cancer Education and it is been going on for 14 years. All of the proceeds go to the fund the support services and education for anyone in the community that diagnose any form of cancer.

There will be other activities going on before and after the race. Rudolph gives more detail on the agenda.

Rudolph said:” We have a pre-race ceremony where we honored the cancer survivors and those that have passed often cancer. The pre-race ceremony start at 9:15am. At 10:00am, we start the first 1 mile kids fun run followed by 1 mile family walk. At 10:20am, we start the 5k run and 5k walk starts right after that.  We start at the Memorial Stadium  and the finish line is IU Memorial Stadium Parking Lot. We have an award ceremony at 11:15am. At the award ceremony’s location, there is a big area for kids activities.”

Rudolph says she hopes this event will bring awareness to cancer, the number of individuals who are affected by the disease, and the services provided through the Bloomington Hospital foundation.

Rudolph mentioned that it is wonderful they have a center in town. People there would guide, educate and be with patients through the process from the time they diagnose a cancer, period of treatment and all the way to the end of the battle with cancer.

Hoosiers Outrun Cancer takes place this Saturday at the Indiana Memorial Stadium. The 5k race begins at 10:20 am, and the walk begins at 10:30 am. Late registration takes place tomorrow at the stadium, from 11 am to 6 pm, and on Saturday from 7:30 am to 9:30 am.


Residential Learning Community for women in STEM programs at IU


Indiana University now ranks eleventh in the United States for female enrollment in science, technology, and math programs, according to The College Database. IU also places a strong second among Big Ten universities for women enrolled in the so-called hard sciences, or STEM programs. The Bloomington campus has ninety STEM programs, with one thousand two hundred and eighty-eight women enrolled, or fifty-one percent of the total enrollment in those programs. IU tries to help women in STEM programs succeed in teaching, research, and professional development. In addition to the Center of Excellence for Women in Technology, IU offers the Provost’s Professional Development Awards for Women in Science, and even provides a Women In Science, Technology, and Math Student Residential Community. Julianne Martin is the Provost’s Program Coordinator for the designated living center for women in science.

According to Ms. Martin, a big reason that they want to start the Residential Learning Community for women in STEM field is because it is helpful for them to retention, so they have the ability to be surrounded by peers. That solves effectively for supporting women in those fields.

STEM programs are defined by The College Database using guidelines provided by National Science Foundation for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The Bloomington campus has no engineering school, but does have one of the nation’s largest informatics and computing schools, so it classifies its programs using the STEM acronym. IU Provost Lauren Robel says the university has made a focused and deliberate effort to attract women to the sciences. She adds that IU is becoming a beacon for women in these fields. Julianne Martin says the old stereotype of science and math being male-only fields is gradually going away.

Ms. Martin explains that some fields such as biology and Chemistry at IU has a little bit more women enrolled.  But the female enrollment number for Computer Science, Physics and Astronomy are much lower. For the graduate level,  the number of women student and faculty is getting much smaller. Ms. Martin hopes that the program could helps women not only stay in these major for undergraduate, but continual on graduate program and careers in these fields.

Sarah Durkin of The College Database says the US Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that jobs in the STEM fields will grow at twice the rate of other fields in the coming years.

IU Baseball’s Bart Kaufman Field


We talk with Roger Roadheaver, Director of Baseball Operations at Indiana University, and IU baseball coach Tracy Smith, for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

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