Indiana State University
Indiana State University will enjoy a touch of royalty when Miss Indiana Tiarra Taylor leads the 2019 Blue and White Homecoming Parade on Oct. 12.
“I absolutely cannot wait to interact the community,” Taylor said. “I am especially excited to see the young people in attendance, because that’s where my passion lies.”
The Homecoming parade will begin at 9 a.m. at Ninth and Cherry streets in downtown Terre Haute. The parade will run west on Wabash Avenue to Fifth Street and will end at the intersection of Fifth and Chestnut streets.
“ISU’s Homecoming is a time for old and new Sycamores to come together and enjoy fellowship around being a part of ISU — the GREATEST university in the state!” she said.
Taylor, who also is a two-time Miss Indiana State University and Miss Harvest Homecoming queen, will represent the state at the Miss America competition in December. Her talent is vocal performance.
“These past four months as Miss Indiana have been two words: busy and so much fun. I have done a lot of traveling already, attending events and volunteering,” Taylor said.
Taylor, ’20, a communication major from New Albany, is only the second Miss Indiana State University to become Miss Indiana. The other was Terre Haute native Kathleen Burke in 1961.
One of her favorite moments so far as Miss Indiana was attending the Circle City Classic Coronation for high school girls. The event promotes academic achievement, community service and leadership. “The love I was shown by those there was unmatched, and it was so cool to get to meet the young women there,” she said.
The role of mentor is one Taylor enthusiastically embraces, as her social impact initiative is “Bringing advantages to disadvantaged youth.”
“I was a disadvantaged youth. Growing up in a low-income household and being a minority, there were many barriers stacked against me. However, I persevered and overcame those obstacles,” Taylor said. “I want other young people to know that they are capable of doing the same, despite their circumstance.”
The Sycamores face Western Illinois University at 1 p.m. Oct. 12 in the Homecoming game.
After Homecoming, Sycamores are invited to participate in the university’s first annual Homecleaning event 1-3 p.m. Sunday. Trash bags and gloves will be provided for volunteers to clean up Wabash Avenue from campus to the ISU stadium.
For more information about Homecoming, including a complete list of events, parade map and tailgating rules, go to indstate.edu/homecoming.
Wabash Valley Correctional Facility
CARLISLE – Recently, the Indiana Department of Correction (IDOC) and Ivy Tech Community College Terre Haute celebrated the graduation of male non-violent offenders from Ivy Tech welding and Computer Numerical Control (CNC) programs.
This workforce training partnership between the IDOC and Ivy Tech Community College was established in 2018 as part of Governor Eric Holcomb’s Next Level Agenda to provide offenders with high-wage, high-demand jobs, upon release. Employers who hire ex-offenders are eligible for up to a $10,000 federal Work Opportunity Tax Credit per new hire.
Ten offenders earned their American Welding Society (AWS) and Flux Core Arc Welding (FCAW) qualifications, as well as their Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) certifications. Seven offenders earned their National Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS) certifications through the Ivy Tech Workplace Computerized Numerical Control (CNC) training program.
The welding class ran five days a week for three weeks. At the graduation Capt. M. Voigtschild spoke on behalf of Wabash Valley Correctional Facility (WVCF). He encouraged the graduates to pursue a better future through the new doors that are now open to them.
When asked about the program and how it was received by the offenders, Ivy Tech Welding Instructor Aaron McCollum said the graduates were very dedicated, hardworking and employable. graduate Chris Fox said he turned down the opportunity to be released on house arrest in order to complete the training program. He continued that he knows the certifications will help him going forward and thus allow him to be more a part of his loved ones’ lives.
The CNC class ran five days a week for seven weeks. At the graduation Warden D. Brown spoke on behalf of Wabash Valley Correctional Facility (WVCF). He shared with each graduate that their initiative and dedication had brought them to this day and going forward they should continue to find success if they show the same initiative.
When asked about the graduates Ivy Tech CNC Instructor Marquis Songer said each graduate passed all three required exams on the first attempt. He said, “All of these men are very intelligent and capable of doing great things with their future.”
Fox, from the Welding Cohort, had an interview with a welding company on June 28, as did graduate Negovan. The company informed the Wabash Valley Correctional Facility of their intent to hire both individuals upon release, provided they pass the remaining requirements.
Upon hearing this very welcome news Warden Brown commented, “We appreciate businesses willing to step up to help change the future of not only the graduates, but also the communities to which they are returning.”